USF students spent the night protesting cutbacks in the operating hours of the university's library.
It comes down to budget cuts. USF officials say the library had to cut back on overnight hours, because the money just isn't available to fund it.
Many students prefer the overnight hours to study, or need to because of their schedules, and the library was open 24 hours a day, five days a week. But not any more.
However, some wonder why there was money for a million-dollar bench park behind the library.
Others say, the way it works out, the gym is actually open for more hours than the library.
The protest started at midnight Thursday night and went until 7:00 a.m. Friday.
One student at the protest, Melissa Garzon, said, "Look at these students. Do you think we want to sit out here with the mosquitoes and bugs and everything? We need our library hours. It's crucial to academic success. People work in the day, they have classes in the day. We use the library between 12 and 7:30 am. There's no reason to cut them, we did not get a vote on them."
There is also an online petition.
Meanwhile, there have been discussions with USF leaders about where to find the money to pay to re-establish the extended hours, but so far there is no resolution.
Both Florida and Florida State were able to find ways to fund extended hours at the libraries at those schools.
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