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Proposed cut to library aid would harm West Mich. co-op

Jordan Travis • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Standing to lose the most would be organizations like Lakeland Library Cooperative, said Sandra Wilson, president of the organization. Lakeland is one of 11 library cooperatives in Michigan that pool resources to provide services to local libraries. Member libraries pay for information technology experts, inter-library book deliveries and other services.

Lakeland serves 41 districts in eight counties — including Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and a portion of Allegan counties, Wilson said.

Any cut to their services would affect patrons of Loutit and Spring Lake district libraries, both of which use services from the co-op.

Claire Sheridan, director of Spring Lake District Library, said patrons who use inter-library loans from other libraries served by Lakeland might see a reduction in services.

Kerry FitzGerald, acting director of Loutit District Library, said that while state aid is a small portion of their budget, the services provided by Lakeland are “priceless.”

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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