In case you haven’t seen it, NBC Nightly News recently did a segment on how the recession is affecting library traffic! They report that, with people hesitant to buy books, many are turning to the library for reading and research, and the library numbers are higher than ever. But, concurrently and for the same economic reasons, budgets are being cut at many libraries, and some branches are closing. Check out the video (you might have to watch some commercial first, but then it’ll start). It may not be news to you, but it’s nice to see it on national TV.
Has anyone felt the pull of this double-strain? Or perhaps a better question is: has anyone been able to escape it?