Massachusetts: Springfield City Library Considering an All-Digital Branch (Audio Report)
The director of the Springfield City Library is pursuing funding to use a recently closed branch library as a place where people could sit at computer terminals to access the internet and take out hand-held electronic reading devices on-loan loaded with downloaded books–but visitors would not find any paper copies of books.
There is no budget yet for the all-electronic library project in Springfield. Fogarty says she will explore grant applications and perhaps turn to the non-profit Friends of the Springfield Library for funding.
The plan is to put the all-digital library in the former Liberty Street Library, which was one of two branches closed earlier this year as part of a reorganization that resulted in longer hours at the remaining branches.
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