Councilmembers will ask Nutter to delay library closings

PhillyClout hears that in City Council tomorrow a group of Council members plan to introduce a resolution calling on Mayor Nutter to support a request from library advocates that the city hold off on library closings for three to six months.

Amy Dougherty, director of the Friends of the Free Library, has asked for the delay to allow for time to seek private funding sources. But Nutter has said he does not expect to slow down the closings.

Nutter has announced that he will soon close 11 of the city's 54 libraries as part of a budget-cutting plan to shore up a $1 billion shortfall over the next five years.