Do university students suffer when books get pulled from shelves?

Soon to join libraries across the country – and even across the world at many colleges and universities – Colby College of Maine is slated to move approximately 170,000 books into storage in the next year. This comes as a result of renovation plans which will turn some of the current library’s floor space into administrative offices. The other floor space gained, according to the school, will be used to give students increased study space for their personal use. [Read more…]

Community college library in Illinois opens while Chicago libraries close

Elgin Community College (ECC) celebrated the grand opening of their Academic Library and Learning Center last Friday.  The library is special compared to the libraries at other Illinois colleges because it required a voter referendum that requested $178 million in property taxes in April of 2009.  That was just six months after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and was during a very uncertain economic environment.  Voters barely approved the referendum with 19488 in favor and 19453 opposed. [Read more…]