The proposed NJ budget cuts library budgets by 74 percent, and will result in the loss of 4 million in federal funding.  A long list of library services will be lost, including internet access, electronic databases, and intralibrary loans.  Many libraries will have to close their doors, and many librarians will lose their job exacerbating our unemployment problems.  This comes at a time when library usage is at a high.  160,242 people enter a NJ library every day.  Libraries represent less than 3 percent of our property taxes.  While these cuts will do nothing to help our budget crisis, it will have an enormous and devastating effect on our libraries and its service to our communities.  I urge the governor and our representatives to reverse this trend and restore funding to our state libraries.

 

Charles Felt 
Raritan NJ