Library hours shortened due to budget cuts

By Matt Riedl, news editor

As a result of budget shortfalls, the Dugan Library’s hours were recently cut.

Starting Sunday, the library will close at 10 p.m. every night instead of the traditional midnight closing time.

Library Director Joe Forte said due to the university-wide budget cuts, the library was forced to reduce work study hours for students.

“The only thing we could cut is the late night hours,” Forte said. “We can’t open later during the day because we have a lot of students come first thing in the morning to print off papers for class.”

The library will still be open until 5 p.m. Fridays and until 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Library employees were informed of the decision Monday, followed by university faculty and staff Tuesday, until Wednesday when the general student population found out about the change.

In addition to the work study cuts, Forte said the library has also had to cut some of its travel expenses.

Forte said most of the library’s expenses come during the summer, when journal subscriptions are renewed and databases for the upcoming year are paid for.

During the summer, the library will close at 6 p.m.

The library’s hours are now 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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