Libraries cut hours due to budget cuts

Published 04/29 2013 10:12PM

Updated 04/30 2013 09:34AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Budget problems are forcing two public libraries to cut their hours. The changes will start July 1.

Monday through Friday, the main location will be open from 10 am - 7 pm. The Douglass Branch will be closed Mondays. It'll also close two hours earlier Tuesday - Thursday.

The library's budget is $500,000 short and the director says this is the only option. She says the shortfall is because tax revenues are down whiles costs have gone up.

"Usually I do come on the weekends; I just had some spare time today to come in here. But I know it will definitely affect a lot of people. Because you already can't come here in the morning really before you go into work. So now it's just, maybe right before you get off work you can come in or something," said Clayton Overstreet.

Besides cutting hours, the library has already raised overdue fees and left 14-positions vacant. The director says the library is working with the city council to get more money.

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