May 28, 2022

Michigan: Future of Wayne County Library System in Doubt

From the Detroit Free Press:

A system that served 28 cities and townships in 1981 now serves only two municipalities and the Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library. The two communities — Ecorse and Taylor — have discussed the possibility of pulling out, said county library director Maria McCarville.

Five library systems, several serving multiple communities, left in 2014 — River Rouge, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Melvindale and Trenton. Southgate, Romulus, Inkster and Belleville all left in 2010 or 2011.

The decision to leave the county system was not a decision to end library service for residents but rather a choice to go independent.

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