Sunday, February 28, 2010

L.A.'s Library System Impacted by the Budget Crisis

AP's Michael Blood reports:
For two decades, Los Angeles built libraries with a vigor rarely seen in the nation, spending $335 million to get books and computers within the reach of those who might not otherwise have them.

Now, it's getter harder to get inside the buildings.

A hobbled economy has left the nation's second-largest city starved for cash, and 72 library branches now are closed Friday mornings to save money. More than 1,000 people work at the libraries, but layoffs and retirements could slash the staff by 20percent or more by June. Hours will be cut again.

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