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Gary, You do raise some interesting thoughts. I do not think that one can compare the way libraries are funded at Canadian univerities to the way they are generally in the United States. Education in Canada is government funded and students (or a student's family) "pay" for it based on things like the ability to pay (income). The province (taxpayers) do pay for the library rather than the student but this is the national model. It gets somewhat similar with the state college and state university systems in the United States but that is not the majority of higher education. As for charging students directly for libraries, I wonder how many of the libraries would be able to survive. As you stated, many libraries are somewhat specialized and may incur higher expenses for materials than some others. Would these need to charge higher fees? Would the humanities library have a different fee schedule than the science or medical library? I would be concerned that many libraries might not reach the critical mass of users to sustain them if they were soley fee based services. [Of course, one could make the fees mandatory like a laboratory fee.] I remember being *strongly* encouraged to use the library. This was not to avoid purchasing books. Adding fees, in my experience, does not generally encourage people to use the fee based facility. Barry firstname.lastname@example.org