Michigan High court weighs right to check out library books

The Michigan Supreme Court this week will consider a case that could have major implications for the state's 388 public libraries. It pits a resident in Bloomfield Hills _ one of the country's wealthiest cities but one without a library _ against the nearby Bloomfield Township Public Library, which refuses to sell him a nonresident library card. Both sides say library users throughout Michigan could be hurt depending which way the high court rules.


Man, non-residents only have to pay $85 a year, versus the residents who have to pay ~$400 a household?!? Crazy.

Simple, only a few non-residents are going to apply for a card, so instead of getting a contract with an adjacent city, you're going to have very few people paying for a public service. Thus, they should be paying 1.5-3x as much as a resident of a community who has voted to fund it with tax-dollars.

Conversely, maybe they should privatize the libraries and then tell the non-residents to go piss up a rope.

The stealing of public resources into private coffers happened 'sucessfully' with the medical system in this country with 'stunning' results for healthcare for everyone. But the free-rider syndrome is a problem.

-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

My county has library services, which apply for the parts of the county which aren't incorprated. Which is good.

However, there's one city which has no library services, and relies on the county library to do their library services, at no cost to the city. Which I find to be disingenuous...

-- Ender, Duke_of_URL