The library as community.

I don’t think those cutting library services – whether public, academic or preschool – have any clue about the varied ways that libraries serve the community. In this story, Cal State L.A. students want to study past 8 p.m. – latimes.com, students arrived at the library to find it closed early due to budget cuts. So they improvised in the court yard. And they kept on improvising. I wonder if the savings of lights and salaries is worth the feeling these students had over the loss of a place they could come and gather and work – AND use reference materials and find books and all the other things that are done specifically in the library itself.

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