A group of students at City College of San Francisco will be holding a “study-in” at the Rosenberg Library on the college’s Ocean Campus this evening to protest reduced library hours, a group spokeswoman said.

The CCSF General Assembly Against the Budget Cuts, made up of students, faculty and staff, will occupy the library to protest the reduction of library hours by two hours, spokeswoman Xochitl Bernadette Moreno said.

The library had previously been open until 8:45 p.m., but is now open until 6:45 p.m., Moreno said.

The change, prompted by budget cuts, went into effect when the semester started in late January, she said. CCSF is also canceling most classes in its upcoming summer session to offset a $12 million budget shortfall.

The group will protest peacefully until the previous closing time of 8:45 p.m. to express the opinion that “if there are going to be cuts to education, they shouldn’t come from such a vital source as a library,” Moreno said.

She said the group hopes to see the previous closing hours restored, “if not for this semester, then definitely for the fall.”

The “study-in” is also meant to bring attention to statewide rallies that will be held on March 4 and March 22 to protest state budget cuts to education, Moreno said.

The study-in will begin at 6 p.m., and a news conference is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 50 Phelan Ave.

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