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CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Library System is cutting back its hours of operation and increasing user fees.

Both actions, as well as what the Board of Trustees hopes is a one-time transfer of $25,000 from a reserve fund that helps with capital projects, are in response to a third consecutive year of flat funding by Allegany County and state governments.

While funding has remained level, “the cost of everything has gone up,” said John Taube, director of the six-branch library system, bookmobile and Internet presence. “Going into the year, we knew we had a slight hole to make up.”

The system also had to absorb an additional $18,000 as the county moved to being self-insured. Part of the cost was passed on to employees, Taube said, but “we could not pass on the entire 24.5 percent increase.”

Beginning July 1, four library sites — Washington Street, South Cumberland, LaVale and Frostburg — will open one hour later and close one hour earlier Monday through Thursday. The current operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All four branches will open at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, instead of 9 a.m., and close at 5 p.m. The Washington Street library will be closed on Sunday.

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