See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071004/ap_on_re_us/outsourcing_libraries To be honest, I've always seen public libraries' archives as pure crap. all the books are outdated, and they never carry intelligent books, just bone-head oriented stuff, mostly "humanities" books that are turning yellow. and what's up with all the 40 year old encyclopedia's? we now have wikipedia. I think if we are going to keep public libraries, it should be web-based only, with all books converted to electronic formatt that can be downloaded for free. and there can't be any censorship: all books in existence must be allowed.