THE University of NSW [New South Wales] is throwing away thousands of books and scholarly journals as part of a policy that critics say is turning its library into a Starbucks.
Academics say complete journal collections, valuable books and newspapers dating to the 19th century are being thrown out to clear space for cafe-style lounges.
The Herald has obtained an internal document listing thousands of titles due to be pulled from shelves. The 138-page ”weeding” list includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books in foreign languages and texts on psychology, politics and morality.
Dr John Golder, a visiting research fellow in theatre, feared the digitisation of libraries would prevent students stumbling across new information. ”A serendipitous discovery is impossible when the book isn’t there,” he said.
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Includes a statement from a university spokesperson.