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USF LIbrary to revert to extended hours

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Walk into the library on  USF's Tampa campus, and you're greeted with a hand-made sign with victory declared. It says "we won."

Soon, the library doors will stay open 24-5, meaning around the clock, 5 days a week, just like last year. Students who depend on the facility are very happy. "The library is always open 24 hours during finals week. It's extremely beneficial to students. And I think it should always be open 24 hours" said Grace Binder.

The change of heart comes after overnight protests including an old fashioned "sit out" in front of the locked facility, a petition and lots of letters. "We fought for this. We've gone through this. And the more the media came into this, the quicker they knew they had to settle it. So it was you guys that made the difference along with student rights and it sends a very powerful to administration" said USF student Ryan Emison.

USF cut library hours to save money, but soon realized how important the service is to students. "There's no evidence that directly ties this to success cuz students study somewhere. But its intuitive that it make a difference for them and we should do this" said USF VP of Student Affairs, Tom Miller.

The plan is to revert to the extended library hours some time next week. But there is a fly in the ointment. USF administrators don't know where they're gonna get the money. With a tight budget, the $136,000 needed to hire 2 library workers and security guard, will have to come from somewhere. "There would be unfilled positions that we really want to fill that we might not" said Miller.

with the current solution temporary, administrators and student government hope to close the book on a permanent solution for next year.




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