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Measure L

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Measure L is a ballot measure passed by voters in 2011 to restore services at the Los Angeles Public Library that were cut in the recent recession.

During 2010 and 2011, staff was reduced by nearly 30% and hours at the 73 libraries were cut to the lowest level in the library’s history—at a time when demand for service was at a record level. In response, Measure L was placed on the March 2011 ballot and drew support from a broad coalition of elected officials, community members, businesses, educators and others. The measure was overwhelming passed by Los Angeles voters.

Measure L gradually restores library funding over four years, without raising taxes. It has already restored service on Mondays and two evenings a week at all 73 libraries. Beginning January 12, 2014, Measure L will re-open the Central Library and eight regional branch libraries on Sundays, one year ahead of schedule. Measure L also provides funds to purchase additional books and materials.

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