The National Library of Israel will suspend its public services and put its 300 employees on unpaid leave.
The closure, which is set to begin on Aug. 17, is due to a cut by the government in the library’s budget along with a “drastic drop” in income and donations, the library announced Wednesday.
Under the suspension, the library will stop the lending of books and close reading rooms. Teacher training also has been canceled.
Online cultural events that have been held throughout the coronavirus crisis will be canceled as well.
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