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USF students camp out overnight to protest library

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Some might call it a different kind of "all-nighter." 

About 50 USF students camped outside the University of South Florida campus library overnight. They say they would rather be inside studying but were forced out at midnight. 

That's because library hours were cut this week because of budget cuts.

The USF library used to be open 24 hours - around the clock.  However, starting last Monday, USF officials decided to start closing the library at midnight. Administrators say it will save the school about $135,000 a year.

Students are outraged. Some say they get their best studying done overnight and feel their tuition pays the bills - so they should have a say in what is cut.

"I am a bio-medical science major, so I have class during the day," student Mimi Ton said. "I don't work, so I study during the night."

They are hoping their voices are heard and hoping the library hours will be changed back.

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.

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

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