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A Release from the Pennsylvania Library Association says Nearly 500 local library advocates from across Pennsylvania today called upon state legislators to restore full state funding for the Commonwealth's 625 public libraries.
Library funding was cut 37 percent in FY2003, from $75.2 million to $47.8 million. The preliminary impact of budget cuts has forced 75 percent of libraries to reduce collections, 43 percent to reduce hours of service, and 34 percent to reduce staffing. Because library operations have no excess to cut, funding reductions translate directly into cuts in services.