In the Media April 25, 2023

Opinion: Libraries Are Priceless Community Resources, But Only If We Take Care of Them

Patrick Stewart in the Times of San Diego

Here in the San Diego region and throughout the world, libraries are sanctuaries. They act as offices, study rooms, performance venues, safe spaces, and repositories of information. They’re an important representation of a community’s heartbeat. And they do all of this without any expectation of payment. 

While the services, knowledge, and community that libraries provide are priceless, operating these public spaces does come with a price tag,” says Patrick Stewart, CEO of the Library Foundation SD.

And, for years, librarians across the state and the country have faced threats like shrinking budgets, lack of investments, and actual physical attacks.”