Flower Memorial Library trustees were front and center at a public hearing for the city of Watertown's proposed budget for 2017-2018.
The proposed spending plan has the library closing on Thursday nights and on Sundays, which would save the city around $20,000 a year.
Library trustees told the city council that the library serves too great a purpose to cut hours.
"Modern libraries are more than repositories for books," Thom Peterson said. "The Flower Memorial Library is an example of a library as community center."
"There are always things going on at the library and to deprive our citizens on Sunday in particular -- I would hope we can find our way around that," Carolyn Weldon said.
The city council has a budget work session Tuesday night and Mayor Joe Butler says library hours will come up then.
Council members voted 3-1 Monday night to give themselves the option to override the state-mandated tax cap.
That's something Butler says will likely happen.