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LA Students Create “People’s Library”

Students at California State University, Los Angeles, opened the so-called “People’s Library” just outside of the main library on June 1 after administrators curtailed regular library hours, closing at 8 p.m. instead of midnight, because of state budget cuts. Organizers contend that reduced access to library resources was affecting students’ studies, especially before final exams. Students are using donated chairs and tables and campus electrical hookups for lighting and equipment. Cal State administrators at first threatened to close down the alternative operation and briefly turned off its electricity because students launched the effort without notifying officials. After addressing safety issues such as securing electrical cords, there have been no incidents. The library budget was cut 20% this year from $4.5 million to $3.6 million.

The Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2010,

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