News NYC libraries plagued by leaky roofs, mold, report says A report released by the three city library systems shows some of the worst conditions at branches, such as West Farms in the Bronx, where computers are covered because of a leaky roof. Photo Credit: New York Public Library West Farms Branch By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated May 15, 2017 8:29 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Flooding, power outages, mold and other infrastructure problems are too common in city libraries, a report released by three of the city's library systems says. The findings of the report show that chronic flooding at the Rosedale Queens library has caused severe mold issues in a number of its rooms, and electrical systems at the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem are so old that the 76-year-old building frequently experiences power outages. And despite a $300 million capital infusion from the recent budget, several branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries are still suffering, according to the 15-page report called “Time to Renew." The three library systems are requesting $150 million in next year’s city budget to address the issues. “Buildings plagued by failing HVAC systems, cramped spaces, and overloaded electrical panels simply cannot adequately host the high-quality services that New Yorkers of all ages deserve,” the report says. The overall capital budget for libraries is currently set at $1 billion to be distributed over the next ten years with an additional $100 million commitment for each system for the next five years, according to a spokesman for the mayor's office. “The Mayor and City Council have already significantly expanded library service hours through the baselining of six-day service at library branches citywide and made a historic multiyear systemwide capital commitment,” the spokesman said in a statement. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.