More than one million books will be removed from the shelves of the University of Saskatchewan’s seven on-campus libraries, according to planning documents obtained by The Star-Phoenix.
Four of the seven library branches on campus will be emptied of books if the plan is executed as described in a document called University Library Transformation – Phase III, written by dean of libraries Vicki Williamson and associate dean Ken Ladd.
Action is being taken in part because students are taking out 42 per cent fewer books than they were 10 years ago, according to the document.
Some of the books removed will be kept in a “high-density storage” facility, the plan says, which has not yet been built.
Although students would not be permitted to access such a storage facility, Williamson said, they would be able to request the books and would be provided space in which to read them.
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