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Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

“For a long time, you could divide the library patrons of San Antonio, Texas, into two categories — the haves and the have nots. Inside the city limits, there was a robust library system with 26 locations and a bookmobile. Outside, in the unincorporated suburbs of Bexar County, there was no public library. For many years, there wasn’t even a book store. Blame this on a fluke of funding. The city’s library budget could only be spent on projects inside the city. This was fine, until the population of Bexar County exploded. Between 2000 and 2012, the county’s population jumped from 1.4 million to 1.8 million people; and a third of those new arrivals ended up in the suburbs.” (via The Atlantic Cities)

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