Ask Your County Legislator to Restore Full Funding to Libraries!
Libraries serve all people in the county: toddlers to teens, and adolescents to older adults. Libraries provide life long learning opportunities: “no fees,” “no tuition,” and “no contracts.” Libraries give a great return on your investment. Libraries provide three dollars of service for every dollar they spend.
The Olean Public Library receives $14,222 in aid to purchase library materials in part from Cattaraugus County funding to the Library System and from NYS aid provided to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. County funding also helps provide the twice a week delivery service to the libraries throughout the county. These services and others are in jeopardy. The 20% cut in library funding the county is proposing could trigger a 25% cut in New York State Aid to our system.
The Olean Public Library receives additional NYS Aid money from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. This funding is used to purchase reference materials, adult non-fiction books, and electronic databases. Additionally, NYS aid provides partial funding for a Librarian position and helps with the Olean Library’s general operating budget. This state funding amounts to almost $56,000. If the proposed 20% cut in library funding takes place, the Olean Public Library could lose not only the book aid money of $14,222 provided by the county funding but an additional $14,000 in NYS funds that come to Olean through the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System.
The County is trying to save $17,000 by reducing funding to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. Unfortunately, this cut could have a huge impact on the Olean Public Library. We could lose more than $28,000 in funding. Now is not the time to cut funding to libraries.