Under the President's budget, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library Network stands to get $2 million cut from its $2.5 million budget in fiscal year 2007. The library contains hundreds of thousands of books, reports, journal titles, maps, and other resources for environmental research.
Organizations such as the American Library Association are fighting to keep the libraries alive, but reportedly staffers are already planning to leave and regional libraries are preparing to shut their doors.
Although the EPA told The Scientist that it is working to make its collections available in a digital format, the agency has not yet made it clear to Library Network supporters where the money for this conversion would come from.
In a statement, Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, asked "How are EPA scientists supposed to engage in cutting edge research when they cannot find what the agency has already done?"
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