The Library of Michigan has been undergoing upheaval in recent months with budget cuts and threats of being closed entirely. Now the bad news has been announced. The following information was posted on the Library of Michigan's web site at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-54504---,00.html:
Due to significant reductions in the Library of Michigan's operations funding and staffing, the Library is implementing the following changes:
- Materials from the Library of Michigan's collections will be available for in-library use only. As of January 3, 2011, circulation of these items will be offered on a limited basis to state government employees to conduct state business. The Library of Michigan collections will be available to the general public for use in the library.
- The Library of Michigan no longer will borrow materials from other libraries (interlibrary loan) for public patrons starting January 3, 2011. This service will continue to be available for state government employees as it relates to their state work.
- The Library of Michigan will not be a participating MeLCat library beginning January 3, 2011. Public and state government patrons currently using MeLCat through the Library of Michigan should talk with their local library about MeLCat participation.
- Beginning January 1, 2011 the Library of Michigan will be open to the public Monday through Friday and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
My thanks to Cliff Venier for telling me the news.