San Jose library use rises with sinking economy as free services draw families, job seekers

<blockquote> <p>A sagging economy has helped renew interest in San Jose libraries in recent months, and more families and job seekers are coming in to check out free services and materials.</p> <p>San Jose Library Director Jane Light said at a recent city meeting that library visitors increased 5 percent in July compared with July 2007, and librarians received 14 percent more requests for help in its latest yearly figures. </p> <p>Light indicated that technological improvements and a few new branches have helped pick up visits, but San Jose's system is also part of a recent national surge in library use that is typical during recessions. </p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_11064831">More</a></p>
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