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Centre Co. library to close for a week to save money

By: WJAC Web Staff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A Centre County public library is closing its doors for a week to make ends meet.

Officials from the Schlow Memorial Library in State College said the facility is one of the top three busiest libraries in the country for its size, but due to the lack of state funding they need to find a way to make up for the lost funds.

"We had over 99,000 log-ons to computers," said Schlow Library Director Catherine Alloway. "[The] catalog had over one million searches."

All of the computer activity could stop when the library closes for business. Employees would miss out on a full week of pay and all activities are going to have to be canceled.

Alloway said the library lost more than $900,000 in state funding in the last six years.

The library will save nearly $30,000 but State Rep. Scott Conklin's chief of staff Tor Michaels said it should not be necessary. He said this not have to do with the lack of state money but rather a lack of support from the governors administration.

"The funding is there, it's just making sure it's accessible to the public in Pennsylvania," Michaels said.

During the week the library is closed library employees and supporters will be rallying outside of the building to show support of the public library system.

The library will be closed May 12 through May 18.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times