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Library Circulation Soars

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Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Blockbuster's loss is the Chicago Public Library's gain.

Circulation of library materials during the first nine months of this year is up a whopping 28 percent over the same period a year ago as Chicagoans look to cut expenses.

"As the economy has become more difficult, more people are ... saying, 'I'm coming to the library. Instead of buying the book, buying the CD or buying the movie, I can borrow it, enjoy it and return it,'" Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey said today, after testifying at City Council budget hearings.