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Seattle Public Libraries Temporarily Close Due to Budget Cuts
A notice posted on the Seattle Public Library's Web site (http://www.spl.org) informed visitors that all branches of the library were closed during the week of August 26 through September 1 and would reopen on September 3. The notice stated, "In addition to building closures, all telephone services, the Library Catalog, online information services, databases, and the entire Web site are unavailable during the one-week closure."
An August 24 article in The Seattle Times ("Librarians, Not Books, Get Bucks," by Bob Young; (http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/
cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=library24m&date=20020824) said that city librarian Deborah Jacobs had decided against layoffs or cutting the already low book budget to accomplish a mandated 4-percent reduction. Instead, she opted for the recent closure and a second weeklong closure starting December 17. Young said that finances are not likely to improve since the mayor has asked the library to cut its proposed 2003 budget by up to 14 percent.
An August 15 article in Library Journal reported on the situation in Seattle and a number of other libraries that are suffering from the current economic downturn ("Economy Triggers Library Closings," by Michael Rogers and Norman Oder; http://libraryjournal.reviewsnews.com/
Sources: Seattle Public Library, The Seattle Times, Library Journal
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