WASHINGTON — The Boston Public Libraries says it is closing its doors Thursday amid mounting concern over the city’s aging library systems.
The libraries, which serve more than 2.3 million residents, say it is the third time in as many years they have had to close for financial reasons.
It is the first time since 2014.
They say it’s part of a national trend.
We have a lot of issues with debt, we have a lack of funding, we are not going to be able to continue to provide the level of services that we do.
But it’s a tragedy and it’s sad that we’re going to have to make the difficult decision to shut down the libraries, said Brian Brown, executive director of the Boston Public librarians Association.
The library system has been facing a mounting backlog of more than 40,000 books.
The Boston Public libraries is the largest library system in the country.
It’s located in downtown Boston.
It was founded in 1818.