Libraries Failing In Nation’s Capital
“More than $450 million is needed to properly fix the District’s public library system, a task force said yesterday, because the buildings suffer from years of neglect and should be almost entirely rebuilt.
“The draft report released yesterday marks the launch of the public phase of an effort by Mayor Anthony A. Williams to change the face of the frayed library system.
“It calls for adding at least 400 computers in the city’s 27 libraries, replacing half of the books in the next three years and expanding and reorganizing staff. The decision to release the report hours before the first of a series of public-comment meetings drew fire from critics.”
Debbi Wilgoren. Overhaul Urged For D.C. Libraries. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 18, 2006.
District of Columbia Public Library. Community “Listening Sessions” on Mayor’s Task Force Recommendations to be Held at D.C. Public Libraries. (Press Release). Jan. 10, 2006.
District of Columbia Public Library. The District of Columbia Public Library: A Blueprint for Change. (.pdf, 695 kb) November 2005.
District of Columbia Public Library. Draft Technical Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Future of the District of Columbia Public Library System. (.pdf, 3.7 MB) November, 2005.
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