Always First To Go: Libraries Help Kids Get Excited About Learning – Sunday Hours At All NYPL, BPL Branches Cut, Spending On Materials, Programming, Building Improvements


The New York Public Library deeply regrets to announce that, due to the first of several proposed mid-year City budget cuts to New York City libraries, we must eliminate Sunday service at all NYPL locations that currently offer it.

November 26, 2023, will be the last day of Sunday service at the following NYPL locations:

  • Bronx Library Center (Bronx)
  • Grand Concourse (Bronx)
  • Parkchester (Bronx)
  • Jefferson Market (Manhattan)
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) (Manhattan)
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Manhattan)
  • Washington Heights (Manhattan)
  • Todt Hill–Westerleigh (Staten Island)

Additionally, these budget cuts also mean we must reduce spending on library materials, programming, and building maintenance and repairs. Any further cuts will result in even deeper service impacts.

We know this is such disappointing news to the many New Yorkers who rely on the vital resources we provide, especially after the overwhelming response we received from so many during our #NoCutsToLibraries campaign last spring. We will continue to advocate for Libraries, and keep you posted on our efforts to restore funding. Stay tuned!

Visit our website for the latest updates and for more information about these service changes.

Thank you for your continued support.

The New York Public Library

According To A Similar Message From The Brooklyn Public Library, Service Hours and Offerings At Brooklyn Public Library Locations Will Also Be Cut.

The following is a list of affected branches: 

The last day of Sunday service will be December 17, 2023 at the following BPL locations:

  • Borough Park
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Central
  • Greenpoint
  • Kings Highway
  • Macon
  • Midwood
  • New Lots

Other service changes for the Brooklyn Public Library can be found here

Banner Image: NYPL Main lobby inquiry desk. Image Credit – NYPL on Flickr


Tony Marx

On a mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities.

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