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Petition Floating Around to Save UCLA's Arts Library

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Apparently, the state's budget cuts has claimed UCLA's Arts Library, according to a petition that's getting some steam online. In fact, it was a tipster who works at the Museum of Modern Art who let LAist know. From the petition:
UCLA Library Management, behind closed doors and without consultation with the UCLA community has decided to close its Arts Library, potentially as soon as January 2010. For decades, the Arts Library has served faculty, students and the Southern California community as an essential cultural resource. In terms of research and scholarship it supports some of the nation's best programs in the arts, architecture, art history, film, television, theater and the humanities. With over 270,000 volumes and unique collections, the Arts Library is a singular institution in Los Angeles, a burgeoning center for the arts. It must be preserved.

We understand that the UCLA Library must meet a nearly $2 million shortfall. However, the permanent elimination of a critical UCLA institution must not be the solution to a short term budget crisis.

If you care to sign it, click here.