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Gloversville library increases access to services

February 6, 2012
By AMANDA WHISTLE , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Public Library Board of Trustees voted at its January meeting to do away with policies that limited access to some of the library's collections and services.

Under the former policies, library patrons who lived outside the library's taxing district were limited in their access to the library's collections and services that are not part of the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Board President Christine Pesses said Friday the trustees voted two years ago to limit patrons' access to some programming if they did not live within the Gloversville Enlarged School District, which is the boundary the library uses for its taxing district.

Pesses said the policies were instituted about two years ago and upset many patrons who depended on the library.

"The goals that we had set forth for institution of the policies have not been reached, and it has created a lot of ill will," Pesses said. "What I hope will happen is that the people who left the library because they were angry with us, I hope that they would come back."

The library has undergone several changes over the past year, most notably the transfer of ownership of the property and building from the city back to the library.

Amanda Whistle covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at



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