05 September 2012
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More than 150 libraries have been closed or put into the hands of volunteers in the past year owing to the Government spending squeeze, with a further 225 at risk as councils look for ways of finding savings, according to research released last night.
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Ack! Libraries are such a key element for us genealogists and family historians! They serve as repositories for invaluable information (both to preserve and provide access to users), experts on local lore, a great place to meet others doing similar research, and much more!
It made me wonder on how
’s libraries are faring. I found a report, “The 2012 State of America’s Libraries” (from the American Library
Association) online, though, it doesn’t seem to explicitly discuss whether any
libraries have closed. We all know that
there have been cutbacks in hours and staffing. America
Have libraries closed in your community? Did they “hold” collections of particular interests to genealogists and family historians? What happened to these unique and invaluable collections?
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