May 16, 2022

Michigan: “‘It Doesn’t Make Any Sense’: Detroit City Council May Take Over Key Part of How Libraries Are Governed”

From Michigan Radio:

Detroit City Council might take over a key part of how the city’s public library system is governed.

The council is considering a resolution to take charge of appointments to the library’s seven-member commission. Right now, Detroit Public School Community District’s board of education is in charge of the appointments.

Councilmember Scott Benson says the city should have more oversight of the library system.


Detroit’s Public Library system is an outlier in the state, functioning as its own form of government, largely outside of city oversight.


Changing how it’s governed would require both a city ordinance and a change in state law.

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