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A library without books? Universities purging dusty volumes

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By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Associated Press

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - University libraries are filled with books that no one reads. Students go online for material and rarely need to consult the stacks.

Libraries are responding by unloading millions of books - putting them in storage, contracting with resellers or simply recycling them. Bookshelves are making way for group study rooms and tutoring centers, "makerspaces" and coffee shops.

It's a radical shift. Until recently, a library's value was measured by the size and scope of its holdings.

Some scholars oppose the book purge.

At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a state university 60 miles (96 kilometers) from Pittsburgh, faculty members are alarmed by plan to remove up to a third of the books from the shelves.

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