Editor's note: The Daily News/adn.com asked online for comments from the public on how valuable the library is to them. Below is a sampling of the responses.
Libraries are an easy thing to cut from the budget because the population that really relies on libraries for filling out their taxes, Medicare applications, PFD applications, job applications, etc. are the ones that are too busy with stressful lives or have other limitations, such as a language barrier, and may not speak out on their needs to elected officials.
I used to go to the library weekly in my childhood, checking out (literally - you can ask my parents) 10-20 novels per visit (2 weeks). Nowadays, it seems that between a regular work schedule and life, I can't always get to the library when I want to. All of those time cut-backs this summer really hurt.
With the cost of living going up I find that buying books or magazines is a luxury I can no longer afford. Being able to obtain that material along with CDs and DVDs makes my local branch even more attractive than ever.
It is sadder to see the library in disrepair with the concrete peeling and often the stairs not being cleaned off well in the winter. ... It is getting to be more of an eyesore up close instead of a public showcase for community and visitors to the area.
There has been many times I do an Internet search left disappointed there are no books for my search. Also often times the result list includes books written in the '80s and '90s totally excluding the updated materials. ... It is up to the community to make some sacrifices in order to provide students with the updated materials they need.
I don't go to the library anymore, because I can find all the information I need on the Internet.
The Internet has a lot of topical information, but is just the peel of the orange when it comes to depth that is possessed by public and university libraries.
Our Anchorage libraries always fill me with pride. I like the students that use it as a resource. I like the adults who search the shelves for novels and hobbies. I like the children reading and looking at pictures. I like the gathering of our state's knowledge base. I love the library and go at least once a week.
I used the library as a child and again during college. For years I haven't used the library and preferred to visit Barnes & Noble to browse and even purchase books that I could own and reference at any time. Now, with children (ages 11 and 13), I frequent the library.
I am new to Anchorage, but one of the first things I did to settle in was get my library card. I believe the Loussac library is one of the pluses of living in Anchorage - one of the things that separates this place from any other mid-sized American city.
I do not know one person here in Anchorage that has used the library, therefore it make me wonder what percentage of the population in Anchorage use the library.
I moved to AK in '95. One of the first stops was to get a library card. They would not give me one, would not let me check out a single book. They were so disinterested in giving me any help that I never went back.
Prior to the library hours change, I was a regular library user. It was not uncommon for me to visit the library on a weekly basis, and never had trouble returning materials on time because I was there so often. ... While the library is expensive to the city, the intangible cost to our community if we are no longer able to access the library is far greater.
I am a library user and have been since before I could read. Some of my best memories growing up are of my father taking my sister and I to Loussac to check out books and attend community programs. We would feed the geese and watch the "ice falls" in the fountain. It's always been a place of relaxation for me. While I spend less time in the building now, I visit the online site more using the interlibrary loan.