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Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2014

De Blasio’s time to lead on libraries

In this op-ed in the New York Daily News, the Center’s David Giles argues that the de Blasio administration should commit to a 10-year capital plan to address the library systems’ $1.1 billion in pressing capital needs and re-invigorate the city’s long-neglected branches.

by David Giles

Tags: libraries design brooklyn infrastructure human capital low income economic opportunity

In this op-ed in the New York Daily News, the Center’s David Giles argues that the de Blasio administration should commit to a 10-year capital plan to address the library systems’ $1.1 billion in pressing capital needs and re-invigorate the city’s long-neglected branches. Not only would investing in libraries further the administration’s goals of developing quality neighborhoods and economic opportunities for all New Yorkers, but a capital plan would also enable libraries to create a long-term vision for serving the city’s residents, to access additional funds from philanthropic organizations, and to strengthen their role as vital community institutions throughout New York. Click here to read the full op-ed.


Giles is the co-author of Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries, a Center for an Urban Future report published in September which documents the extensive infrastructure needs of the city’s branch libraries and provides first-of-its-kind blueprint for repairing, modernizing and expanding branches throughout the five boroughs.