Due to the General Assembly’s $66 million budget cut to the UNC-System, passed in July, NCSU Libraries might have to cut back hours of operation for one of the two main libraries. Both D.H. Hill and the James B. Hunt libraries are currently open 24 hours during the week, but Vice Provost of Libraries Susan Nutter said that depending on how the cuts affect NCSU Libraries, students may be asked to choose which library’s hours will be reduced.
Branch libraries for the College of Natural Resources, the College of Design and the College of Veterinary Medicine will be affected before D.H. Hill and Hunt and could experience reduced hours or might shut down completely if they can no longer afford to stay open.
Once these cuts go into effect, the number of services offered and the size of collections and materials, such as journals, library collections and book subscriptions, will be in jeopardy as well, according to Nutter.
In 2001, which was the last time NCSU Libraries proposed cutting hours, 500 students participated in a sit-in at the D.H. Hill Library and then marched at midnight to the chancellor’s residence to demand that the library stay open all night. That same spring, more than 5,000 students marched to the state capitol to protest a $125 million cut to the UNC-System.
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