Former councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley urged for "Queens Library Equity” in a recent op-ed piece. Citing $200 million in unfunded capital needs for the 66 libraries in Queens, she called for "sanity in how we allocate resources throughout local
branches of the Queens Public Library system."
But more sanity would result from consolidating the city’s three separate public library branches - one for Queens,one for Brooklyn and one for Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island - into a single centralized system.
A fragmented structure wastes money on separate computer, inventory, book buying and administrative operations. It stems from a time before the five boroughs were consolidated into one municipal government in 1898.
But 121 years is far too long for three systems to endure. Centralization will lower costs and increase funds for all local branches. That's something New York City leaders should "check out."
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