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 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 We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.