- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Libraries is phasing out law library services at the State Library in Montpelier as part of its effort to cope with a budget reduction of over $400,000.

The end of law library services comes as the Department of Libraries is grappling with a budget reduction of over $400,000.

The library, located in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier, will also be trimming hours, staff and library collection purchases. It will retain its holdings of state documents and the collection of Vermont newspapers on microfilm.

Starting July 1, the State Library will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed on Fridays.

“We have worked very hard to maintain as many of our Department’s services and programs as possible given the budget challenges facing the state,” State Librarian Martha Reid said in a statement. “We will continue to work to sustain the high level of service our patrons have come to expect. But the reality is that we must make difficult choices and look for ways to live within our budget and meet, as best we can, the information needs of Vermonters.”

The department’s budget does include money for librarians at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton to provide access to legal resources and reference assistance to the general public and the legal community. Those services begin this fall.

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