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Melissa Erp, right, checks out a book at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Library with assistance from Rosemary Sweet. Libraries with Pioneerland are asking the system to restrict the circulation of their newly purchased books for a one-, two- or three-month period. During that time, the books could be checked out only from the library that actually purchased the copy. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

With limited budgets, small libraries feel short-changed by Pioneerland’s policy

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MONTEVIDEO — With a budget so paper-thin that even the thermostat must be dialed back to the low 60s, Maynard Librarian Gloria Sims bemoans the fact that she can purchase only a limited number of books to add to the collection each year.


Last year, she augmented the library’s book-buying budget by holding a craft fair as a fundraiser.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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