SAN LUIS OBISPO - More than a dozen library workers at branches throughout San Luis Obispo County received lay-off notices Thursday.
Budget cuts forced the county to eliminate the positions. County officials made the decisions based on seniority.
Six branches were effected including the main library in San Luis Obispo.
The layoffs come as the library system experiences a growing demand for its services.
In recent years, library use has gone up 20 to 40 percent.
"That makes it more difficult because we're a good place in a stormy sea, a good safe harbor and that's going to be effected by these layoffs," said Brian Reynolds, San Luis Obispo County Library System Director.
County officials say in the future they may have to cut the number of hours local libraries are open.