Bibliophiles beware: Schlow Library closed to save money, raise awareness of funding shortfall

Yellow tape alerted would-be patrons of Schlow Centre Region Library to its temporary shutdown, which began Monday morning.

The downtown State College public library has furloughed staff and closed to reduce operational costs.

According to an announcement on the library’s website, “By shutting down for one of the library’s slowest weeks of the year, Schlow will save enough money to be able to provide full services to the community for the rest of 2014.”

Beginning at noon Tuesday, there will be a rally on the steps of the library organized by Friends of Schlow Library.

Many libraries across the state have been tightening their belts to adjust to budget cuts and stagnant state and federal funding. In an attempt to bring in more revenue, Schlow instituted a new parking validation system and revamped its website this year, library officials have said.

The library, its parking lot and all book returns will be closed through noon May 19.

No loaned materials are due and no late fees will be charged. In addition, no returns will be accepted and all browsing, programs and story times are canceled.

All other libraries in the county are open. These include Centre County Library in Bellefonte, Centre Hall Area Branch Library and Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg.