Camden to lay off city library workers

Camden, N.J., is planning to shed its library duties.  About 20 library employees of the cash-strapped city system were notified Wednesday that they’ll be laid off.The Camden County Library system already runs libraries for residents of 26 other county communities, including Haddon Township and Voorhees.  Now it’s stepping in to run at least one of the Camden libraries.

Linda Devlin, director of the county library system, said Thursday she sees it as a good opportunity ” to really bring good services into the city of Camden and provide them with expanded and enhanced services that they may not currently have access to.”Devlin said the county system plans to run the Ferry Avenue branch, but the main library on Federal Street in downtown Camden may close.  She said the county system will pay for the library services with funds from a dedicated tax assessed to Camden residents.

City library employees losing their jobs will be able to apply to the county system.

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