May 16, 2022

Texas: Houston Librarians Keep a Wary Eye for Counterfeit Bills

From the The Houston Chronicle:

While on its mission to provide free information, the Houston Public Library has to swat at the occasional counterfeiter.

At each of Houston’s 42 public library sites, equipment at the circulation desk includes a counterfeit detector pen.

Widely available at office supply stores, the pen contains a solution that detects bills printed on common copier paper rather than the cotton-and-linen-fiber paper the U.S. government uses.


About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.