SAIPAN – The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will take part in the Northern Marianas governmentwide austerity measures by cutting library hours, starting July 1.

Currently, the library is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Library Director Erlinda Naputi on Tuesday issued a new schedule the library will be closed on "austerity Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and holidays.”

Public library administrative assistant Victoria Cabrera said library programs and events held every Saturday will also be affected by the government’s austerity measures.

She said the reduction of library hours also means a pay cut for the employees.

“That is why Ms. Naputi suggested to us to use the three days off to find a part-time job. Some of the staff did that and applied for part-time jobs.”

Aside from the reduction of work and library hours, the library is implementing other austerity measures such as reducing printing materials and conserving power use.

Cabrera said the library is now charging for the use of its video teleconference room. “It used to be free, but now that we are on austerity we are charging a fee of $25 an hour.”

In addition, she said, the library is charging for internet use as well as the use of its projector, software and hardware in the video teleconference room. 

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