The New York Public Library has been spared by massive city budget cuts.

According to the NYPL’s blog, the New York City budget for fiscal year 2012 restored $36.7 million of the proposed $40 million cut for the New York Public Library, after protests from New Yorkers.

Angela Montefinise, the library’s public relations director, released this statement: “Thanks to a sizable restoration from the City, all of our 90 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island will remain open, which means the people of New York will still have access to the critically important free services we offer that are being used now more than ever–computers and Internet, books, programs, classes, job search resources, and more. This budget also preserves a minimum of five-day service in our system, and allows us to avoid layoffs.” (Via Gothamist)