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Familiar tune: Boston library may pare collections

Boston Public Library. Daniel Schwen Image, used under Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 2.5, via Wikipedia.
Boston Public Library. Daniel Schwen Image, used under Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 2.5, via Wikipedia.

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Public Library officials are thinking of selling or giving away some items from the venerable institution’s extensive collection, but say budget cuts have nothing to do with the decision.

Rather, the library just has no need for them.

The collections committee has discussed parting with a Crehore piano, a series of Audubon prints, and a collection of Tichnor glass printing plates.

Even though the library is cutting $4 million from its $48 million budget, committee chairman Brian Clancy says decision making is not influenced by the economy.

Susan Glover, acting keeper of special collections, tells The Boston Globe the library is thinking of selling the Crehore piano because “we don’t collect musical instruments.” It could fetch $10,000 at auction.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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