Library of Michigan to Close on Saturdays

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Budget problems continue to force reduced hours at the Library of Michigan.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Budget problems continue to force reduced hours at the Library of Michigan.
The library near the state Capitol in Lansing will be closed to the public on Saturdays starting in January. The public will be allowed to visit the building Monday through Friday.
The library already is closed to the public on Sundays.
A posting on the library's website says the cuts are coming because of "significant reductions" in funding and staffing.
The library and most other state programs have dealt with budget cuts over the past several years because of reduced tax revenues to state government during the economic downturn.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    Completely agree with the last comments. Saturday is a horrible day to close. Close it on Mondays so employees can still have a "weekend". To close it on Saturdays... what's the point of keeping it open. People shouldn't have to take off work just to use the services at the state library.
  • by Marcia Location: Okemos on Dec 9, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    I'm with Carrie on this one. Why not be closed on Sunday and Monday. Seems as though this would serve to curtail expenses in the same way but would leave the library open for people who work during the week, students and out-of-towners. Makes more sense to me.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Dec 9, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    If they needed to reduce hours, why not close on Mondays and remain open on Saturday? Not everyone has the time off to go there during the week. This was not a very well thought out plan.
  • by Carrie Location: Carrie on Dec 9, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    This is absurd! Not necessarily the closing of a day, but on a SATURDAY when they are MOST LIKELY to be utilized??? People come from out of town to research! People go on WEEKENDS when they don't WORK. Your average person, pretty much, might as well consider this CLOSED. Their weekday hours are "banker's" hours...who can do that??
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