May 18, 2021

Michigan: "Court Rules Local Libraries Can Charge Nonresidents" & the Full Text of Court Opinion

From the Detroit News:

The Michigan Court of Appeals has told state education officials that they can’t interfere with local libraries that charge fees to patrons who live in other communities.

In a unanimous decision released Wednesday, the three judges said the Michigan Department of Education had overstepped its role in 2009 when it passed rules saying local libraries could lose state funding if they didn’t treat all library users alike.

Here’s the full text of the opinion (13 Pages; PDF) direct from the Michigan Court of Appeals

HERRICK DISTRICT LIBRARY, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v
LIBRARY OF MICHIGAN and DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,
Defendants-Appellants,
and
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, ARTS, and LIBRARIES,

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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