Library Hours Reduced

Sojourner Truth Library has been required to reduce their hours due to the recent budget cuts.

According to the Library Dean Chui chun Lee, the library absorbed a 5.5 percent cut, roughly $135,000, by eliminating a staff position and canceling some journals and data bases.

“The college is faced with a significant budget shortfall,” said Lee. “Each unit on campus has been asked to develop and implement cost-cutting measures.”

This spring, the library had to make the reductions. A careful review of library usage and attendance records indicated that Friday evenings and Saturday hours were the least busy library times.

Eight hours from both days were cut to minimize the impact on students.

“The library remains committed to its mission of providing a user-centered learning environment for students to study and faculty to conduct research,” said Lee.

The library continues to provide extended hours until 12:30 a.m. during midterm and final examination periods and there are also Late Night Study Room hours until 3 a.m. from Sunday through Wednesday.

There are numerous library resources and services available online via the library website.

“The current budget crises are challenging for all of us.,” said Lee. “With diminishing resources, the library cannot continue to operate as it has in the past. My colleagues and I at the Sojourner Truth Library appreciate your understanding and support.”