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Library and Archives Canada has announced the elimination of the Canadian Book Exchange Centre.
Opened 35 years ago, the exchange centre is a massive swap shop for public and academic libraries across Canada. Libraries donate books and periodicals their patrons no longer use and, in response to requests by other libraries, the centre redistributes them.
Canadian Library Association executive director Don Butcher said while it's true that libraries collections are shifting to digital, Library and Archives Canada should have consulted the library community before cutting the centre and made a greater effort to find alternatives.