Libraries across the county are committed to providing equitable access to materials in the formats that patrons want. Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will make that mission more difficult by limiting libraries, regardless of their size, to a single copy of new ebook titles for the first eight weeks after a book's release. We expect this embargo on libraries will result in longer wait lists for Macmillan ebooks, and adversely affect people who rely on the library the most.
In October, the directors of all Twin Cities metro libraries published a piece
in the Star Tribune outlining our opposition to this new policy and what readers can do to share their opinions. The American Library Association has also launched a petition called #eBooksForAll
to help push back against this policy. If you're concerned about fair and equitable access to information, we encourage you to visit their website to learn more and sign the petition
Keep reading to check out some programming highlights this month at Washington County Library!