PPL/City of Providence Statement on Branch Buildings

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mayor Angel Taveras and the Providence Public Library (PPL) announce a six month extension of the seven branch building leases and continued negotiations. The City and Library will strive for formal agreement by October 1.

PPL Trustees today voted to extend the City's current leases for the Library's seven branch buildings for six months following ongoing negotiations during which the Library and the City reached consensus that an extension would give all of the parties further opportunity to pursue a fair and workable conveyance arrangement.

PPL has leased each of its seven branch buildings to the City for $1 a year for the past two years. The Library currently receives no funding from the City for library services it provides to City residents from Central Library.

Following the decision, PPL Board Chair William Simmons said, "We would like to thank Mayor Taveras for his recognition of the important services libraries provide for Providence residents, both at the neighborhood branch level and at the Providence Public Library. We share his desire to maintain strong services at both and are continuing to negotiate in good faith to explore viable resolutions for the ongoing use of the seven branch buildings currently owned by the Providence Public Library."

"The City of Providence and its residents are fortunate to have benefited for decades from the non-profit Providence Public Library's, services that continue today from the downtown Central Library. During the past two years, the City has worked with the Providence Community Library to ensure citywide neighborhood services while the PPL has continued to provide Providence with important services and resources focused on early childhood literacy, economic advancement and workforce development, and lifelong learning opportunities for residents," said Mayor Taveras. "Both PPL and the City are committed to achieving an agreement that enables the continued use of the branch buildings to provide important services to Providence neighborhood residents and allows the City's branch system and the PPL to flourish."