05 September 2012

Shrinking pool of libraries -- what does that mean for genealogists and family historians?

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In an article published in The Independent (UK) it is stated ...

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 America’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.

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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