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USF: No money to keep library open around the clock

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It seems like everyone is tightening their belt financially these days. On Monday night, students found out how the University of South Florida is tightening its belt: They found the library closed after midnight.

Until now, the USF library has been open around the clock five days a week.

"We pay a ton of money in fees. We pay a ton of money in parking," Anthony Lentine, a 26 year-old student, told FOX 13. "So I think the least they can do is keep the library open and make it available for students who need it after midnight."

However, the dean of the library says the decision was not made lightly. It will save $135,000 for the fall and spring semesters.

"This is not something the library wanted to do," said William Garrison. "But we don't have that money in our budget."

Late Thursday, USF administrators, student government leaders, and others met to find a solution. The administrators said they could keep the building open after midnight during midterms and finals, but that's it.

Dissatisfied students planned a "sit out" protest for late tonight to continue making their case.

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