Locals form library petition for book overflow

Some concerned people are not too happy with the process of the Allen County Library's way of handling overflow of inventory, so they’ve started a petition.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 7:53 PM
Updated: Mar. 13, 2019 8:42 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A petition on change.org already has over 2,000 signatures with a goal of reaching 2,500.

It asks the Board of Trustees to stop removing large numbers of books from the library as well as not to focus on what's most popular in circulation, but to keep those that may not be as popular instead of getting rid of them.

As Stephanny Smith said the only issue with that is not enough space.

"We are managing our collection more so than we've done in the past, so we're actively figuring out what books haven't circulated in quite some time. What books are damaged, what books need to be removed from our shelves," Smith said.

However, those books being removed aren't going to waste.

Those books end up in a section where you can purchase them, so they get a second chance at life.

It's also one of the main reasons Stewart Turner comes to the library.

"I want all the books, hold all the books too, but sometimes there's no room for all of the books. If they're not being checked out why not make room for books that might be checked out and used more often? If it brings more people to the library again, that's everything I would do to support," Turner said.

"Last year alone, we gave over 85,000 books and items a second life. That means people were able to take them home, make them their own, and build their home libraries. We had teachers coming in to buying those books to build their classroom libraries their school libraries, so that's always our first goal to give them a second life," Smith explained.

Smith said after learning of the concerns, the Board of Trustees agreed to have an open public meeting where people can come and ask questions.

If a book is completely damaged and they are unable to save it, they recycle it.

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