There's a call for political candidates to stand up for school libraries and librarians.
Demonstrators held a read-in Wednesday outside of the Department of Education headquarters in Downtown Manhattan.
They're protesting what they say is the Department of Education's effort to get rid of libraries in middle schools and high schools.
They say that would deprive students of a valuable resource.
"We cannot lose our school librarians, librarians who are so instrumental to our children's education and their future success," said City Councilwoman Letitia James, a candidate for Public Advocate. "College preparation and career readiness will be more difficult for students who do not have access to school libraries that teach them invaluable research skills."
Protesters say that research skills are even more important with the city's new Common Core research paper requirement.