Books: To buy or not to buy?

Steven M Cohen writes to share this story from http://www.thehawkeye.com

Hot–topic political books may have a short shelf life with readers, but the Burlington Public Library buys and stocks them if the public wants to read them."

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Stocking what sells

If libraries didn't stock what the public wants to read (within community standards), what would be the point? I think a shorter check out could be flagged for 11 on the waiting list, however.

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