Advocacy

The New Haven Free Public Library is a crucial community resource—a place for learning, discovery, and exploration. Your library provides a home for the community, a place where everyone is welcome.

Learn more about the impact of the New Haven Free Public Library and speak up about how the library makes a difference in your life.

Budget Presentations to the Alders Finance Committee

FY18 Budget Presentation
FY17 Budget Presentation
FY16 Budget Presentation

Check out our Share Your Story Campaign

Last year, increased funding allowed each of our neighborhood library branches to open one additional day a week. See the impact of extended hours: What A Difference A Day Makes


Penny for Your Thoughts

Our Goal: 1% of the City’s Budget
With backing from the Library Board and New Haven Free Public Library Foundation Board,  we are conducting an advocacy campaign to increase our budget to at least 1% of the City’s operating budget by 2020. You can help by continuing to share your stories, contacting your Alders and telling City officials to make the library a priority.

Update: NHFPL is .76% of the FY18 Budget


Contact Your Alder
Speak up and tell your Alder how the library has made a difference in your life! Find your Alder and see a list of wards and neighborhood management team meetings.


More Information

Branch Fact Sheets
Ives Main Library
Fair Haven Library
Mitchell Library
Stetson Library
Wilson Library

Young Minds & Family Learning Programs

Articles / News

Public Libraries: Places to Learn, Share and Create  |  Article by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Editorial: Library Cut Too Deep | Hartford Courant, April 5, 2017
An editorial about cuts to the state library’s borrowIT CT program in the Governor’s proposed budget

Labor union wants New Haven to consider contract negotiations  |  New Haven Independent, March 13, 2017
Coverage of city budget hearings, including testimony about supporting the library

Read more news and coverage here