As part of a bare-bones budget proposal from Oakland officials, 14 of the city's 18 public library branches would be closed. The remaining four would have their hours drastically cut. Many librarians around the Bay Area have been fighting tough budget battles for as long as they can remember. How are libraries responding to new economic realities?
Libraries in Trouble
Molly Raphael, president-elect of the American Library Association
Carmen Martinez, director of library services for the Oakland Public Library
Jane Light, director of the San Jose Library and president of the Pacific Library Partnership