Seattle libraries shut down for a week

4 09 2009

Today I had a few hours for myself and I hoped to spend them in the Seattle Public Library in downtown.   But I was baffled to know that it’s closed for the whole week – Aug 31st through the Labor Day. In fact all the Seattle libraries are shut down.

Can you guess the reason?

Budget cuts. God, it’s a shock to realize that even Libraries are affected by the current recession – the end of which still alludes us.

Closing down the libraries, no doubt,  will be a great inconvenience. However, it’s a small comfort that this closure will result in saving substantial amount of money.

Quoting directly from the official website of the Seattle Public Library,

The systemwide closure, along with other cuts, will help the Library meet a 2 percent budget reduction – about $1 million. The closure will save approximately $655,000.

Here is a great news article about the same: Seattle libraries close for week to save money

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