From the San Diego Union Tribune:
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on San Diego’s 36-branch library system, which has been closed since March 13 and is facing budget cuts that will mean shorter hours when pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.
The system also is facing questions about how it will operate in a new world where social distancing is likely to be required for many months.
Closing on Sundays and Mondays would save an estimated $6.8 million, slicing about 12 percent off the library system’s $56 million annual budget.
Shortly after the branches closed last month, the foundation contributed $20,000 to allow [Misty] Jones [San Diego Public Library Director] to buy more e-books, which can be accessed from the library system’s website.
Jones then re-allocated more than $50,000 from traditional books to e-books in her materials budget.