As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode

  • Maryland's LSSI runs 82, finding efficiencies amid the stacks
  • `Companies have a right to do whatever they want,' critic says

Patrons use computers at the City of Santa Clarita Public Library Valencia Branch in Santa Clarita, California.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A Maryland company that runs public libraries has more than doubled in size in the past decade as governments seek savings. Bibliophile residents complain that an investment in knowledge and culture is being milked for profit.

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