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For Profit Libraries: Help or Hindrance?

Savvy readers love local libraries, but what if that library went private? This is the reality that several public libraries in cities of California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas are facing because of the latest takeover by L.S.S.I., a private company. CEO Frank Pezzanite said the majority of libraries were "atrocious," because the high level of job security makes librarians complacent. If the library runs like a company, their workers will have to be efficient or face the axe, just like a typical employee, Frank said. This move may seem drastic to people, but it has come about due to the financial struggles that libraries are facing. How do you feel about public libraries being run by private companies — is this a good or bad move?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 6 years
i guess the money comes from fines. i agree about them becoming complacent, there are a lot of rude and lazy librarians, not that there aren't great ones too
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I would be extremely sad if our library decided to charge us for items that we checked out or charged a membership fee. The whole point of a library is so that people can access books for free.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 6 years
Yeah, I am confused by this, too. The benefit of the library is that it is free for anyone. How would a private company profit? Would they charge an annual fee? If so, I would be against it.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm confused as to where the profit comes from as well.
suzieleung suzieleung 6 years
I think it's a fantastic idea.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
Would people have to pay to check items out? Where does the profit come from if private libraries are also free?
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