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Lending crisis may hit libraries

Chicago Tribune – “Downers Grove resident Edris Byers reads about three mystery novels a month. Some of the books she finds at her local library, but other, harder-to-find titles are ordered through an online interlibrary loan system and delivered to her home library within a few days. But that delivery service might be in jeopardy because of lack of funds and the state’s deteriorating financial situation, state library officials warn. “I didn’t know the state was broke,” joked Byers, 84, of Downers Grove. “You know, things are getting terrible. If they stop the delivery service, it will limit our reading material. The only other option would be to go out and buy the book.”

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