It’s not difficult to see why urban library visits have risen dramatically in the recent economy, as government funding tightened. Systems such as Atlanta-Fulton County fulfill a shadow mandate that goes beyond lending books into fields of education, health and personal finance. Yet usage on a per-capita basis remains lower than at other city systems.
Larry Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, writes about a study that looked at Alanta-Fulton County Library, among those in other cities. And John F. Szabo, director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, discusses how the system had addressed problems and provided key services.
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