New York City’s largest library has reopened after a 4-year lockdown, officials said.
The New York Public Library, which is the largest in the US, reopened on Tuesday morning after being closed since March 28, after the US government ordered it to do so following a spike in violent crimes and terrorist attacks.
“We are thankful that our community is safe,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“I am confident that our new, open, secure, and technologically advanced library will serve our citizens and our communities for generations to come.”
This library has helped to protect New Yorkers and is a beacon of hope and inspiration to people across the country.
“Our commitment to this community extends beyond our own,” he said.
Read more: NYLPL – New York’s largest public library opens after 4 years of lockdown article The library was shut down for the fourth day in a row in April and March after the federal government imposed an unprecedented round of mandatory curbs on access to the city’s public library system, including banning books with violent content, as well as a mandatory lockdown that shut down the entire city’s streets for two days.
The move came after President Donald Trump imposed a national emergency that made it harder for residents to access public services and prompted a nationwide lockdown.
The lockdown took a severe toll on New York residents and their families, with one study estimating that it would have resulted in one-third of all New Yorkers suffering from mental illness and another study suggesting it would cause up to $1 billion in economic losses.
It has also sparked anger from members of the public, who feel the city should have been able to stay open longer.
Some of the libraries most popular books, including Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, were banned by the government.
The city’s first lockdown lasted from late April until mid-May and resulted in more than 700 cases of exposure and more than 100 people being hospitalized, according to a report by the city comptroller’s office.
The latest lockdown was put in place as a result of a new law passed by the New York State Assembly on June 30, which banned all books that are rated “mildly offensive”, which includes graphic material.