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New library fee spurs soul-searching by board

Original post made on Jun 17, 2011

Palo Alto and Mountain View residents who make use of the county's vast library collection available in Los Altos libraries will have to pay an $80 library card fee beginning July 1.

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Posted by John Q Public
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

If the purpose of the $80 fee is to "reduce the number of non-residents coming in," that will do the trick. However, this is the real issue: today's libraries are dinosaurs -- a dated, out-moded way of accessing information -- unless visitors are interested in reading novels. They're the equivalent of brick-and-mortar bookstores trying to survive among online options, such as Amazon.com. As a general observation, today's libraries are great places to go to study or borrow DVDs (which are also on the way out), but that's about it.