Education: Trouble in the Stacks

Libraries carry on over cash needs and computer printouts

In California, 22% of the state's 3,857 county libraries have closed down, and in the past year several thousand library staffers have been sent packing. In Hartford, Conn., funds are so short that since 1968 the nine-branch public library has not been able to count and check the half-million books that are supposed to be in its collection. In Fitchburg, Mass., library officials believe they could halt the loss of $8,000 worth of unreturned and stolen books each year by installing a $20,000 electronic detection...

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