Public [Dis]service Message: Regular People Use Library Computers for Internet EVERY DAY!
Beverly Hills Public Library is open seven days a week. Some spaces are exclusively for public internet use. No books on these shelves. | Photo by Andy Sternberg/LAist
LA Public Libraries are closed on Sundays and Mondays due to unruly budget cuts. This includes the historic Central Library - a downtown landmark and one of the largest libraries in the country - in addition to all 70+ LAPL branches. Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Burbank patrons can access their library's resources 7 days a week.
How do we fix this? LA City Council President Eric Garcetti told me last month (in a Twitter reply) that the library cuts signify about $10 million in savings for the city "...and I am working to see if this 15% cut can be mitigated as soon as economy/receipts pick up."
This is an issue that should irritate everyone who feels part of the community as it affects, education, jobs, and the digital divide, not to mention the amount of waste contributed to people who are forced to buy new books because the library is closed on their day off.