New York Public Library joins forces with New York State to fund public libraries

RTE article CHICAGO, Ill.

(Reuters) – The Chicago Public Library said on Thursday it has teamed up with the State Library of New York, New York City, to help expand its network of public libraries across the United States.

The new partnership will enable Chicago’s public library system to serve more than 300,000 New Yorkers who cannot access the public library in their home city, the city said in a statement.

The public library will also expand its digital library offerings, which currently are limited to books and magazines.

In its announcement, the library said the partnership will also provide access to more than 100,000 books and other educational resources.

The Chicago library is among about 100 library systems that joined together to help open their own digital libraries, said Laura DeLeon, executive director of the Chicago Public Libraries Association, which represents the city’s public libraries.

The library also has a partnership with a community organization that offers free Internet access.

(Reporting by Amy Chozick in Chicago; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)