Impact of $4.6 Million Reductionto the 2013 Jacksonville Public Library Budget:A Closer Look
Mayor Brown has submitted a budget to the City Council containing $4.6 million in cuts to the operatingexpenses of the
Jacksonville Public Library’s budget
for 2013. This amounts to an 11% decrease in the
total budget (from $38.2M in FY
’12 to $33.9 M in FY ’13
). Following are some of theramifications of these cuts (the gray boxes contain comments from
customer feedback survey):
The 21 libraries will lose 264 hours each week
of service to the public,
24% of theiroperating hours
(a reduction from 1,112 to 848 hours per week).
Only Main will be open six days per week; all other will be locations open fivedays per week.
No libraries will be open on Sundays and most libraries will be closed onMondays.
No locations will be open in the morning and evening on the same day.
“I am particularly pleased with [the] Sun
day hours. This was quite helpfulwhen meeting with a class group to collaborate on group
-- January8, 2012
The materials budget will be reduced by $500,000
, resulting in:
10,000 fewer copies of new books for adults
5,000 fewer copies of new books for children and teens
1,000 fewer new DVDs
560 fewer new music CDs
The materials budget will be
what it was in 2005
, the first year in which all currentlibraries were operational.
The library’s core products are its collection: books, e
-books,music, research databases and movies. Continuous budget cuts and the growing cost ofmaterials to libraries make it increasingly difficult to offer a collection that is relevant to thecommunity.Last year, library materials were checked out nearly 9 million times.Customers will have fewer opportunities to check out materials. We estimate as many as
1.3million fewer items will be borrowed
In 2011, customers used library computers for 1.1 million sessions.
In a recentUniversity of Washington study (called IMPACT), 53% of survey respondents inJacksonville reported that access to library computers was
important to them.Fewer library hours means fewer chances for people to use computers.
Based oncurrent usage, there would be 189,000 fewer computer sessions available to thepublic if the new schedule goes into effect.
These amounts include internal service charges and indirect costs.
15% of FY11 circulation, as estimated in Library Director
Barbara Gubbin’s budget proposal to the Board.
The estimate is based on a reduction proportional to the loss of one day per week of service, which mostbranches will experience (1 ÷ 6 = 17%). This is a more conservative estimate than the actual reduction in hours ofaccess to computers, which is 24%. While some customers will be able to come at other times, at most locationsother times already have near capacity usage.