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Library usage up with a down economy

By brendan | January 5, 2009

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The Boston Globe is reporting increasing usage of public libraries, due to the down economy (yep, that’s right, you folks heard it here first in June, when we predicted library usage would increase after looking at similar patterns during the Great Depression).

Now, this, of course is great news for libraries.

Well, mostly good news.

Actually, half good news.

The bad half is that funding is dwindling with state budget cuts, and libraries are being forced to serve more people with less resources.  Not exactly a sustainable proposition.

Topics: libraries | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Library usage up with a down economy”

  1. I’m Going to be a Producer! « West Coast Grrlie Blather Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    [...] Tonight’s class at the Pasadena Community Network office/studio, the free class, the class (did I mention it was free?) had the most students of any class in recent years (so said the instructor). That’s what an economic recession will do. Same with library usage. [...]

  2. CPSIA and childrens’ books - the Winners and the Losers | for.theloveofbooks.com Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    [...] a good time for a library to do something like this, but you couldn’t pick a worse time, with library patronage up, while funding is down.  [...]

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