Cities of Intellect, and the perqs of living in one

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Yesterday, after seeing the News' article about one of our area poly-political families, I decided that the Arborwiki page on Al Wheeler needed a little attention. In the course of googling up additional sources, I stumbled on a paper on affordable housing and homelessness advocacy in Ann Arbor in the 1970s and '80s.

Thanks to our proximity to EMU, and their lovely library-cards-to-any-city-resident policy, not 20 minutes later* I was able to have the dead tree version of the paper in hand.

The fun part is that now I can blog this experience, completing the irony of the situation - blogging about a wiki entry about journal articles on class struggle and homelessness is very bourgie 2.0. Especially when you're blogging about the irony of the situation itself.

*It was, in fact, not 20 minutes later. I did some laundry and raked leaves in between, but, for dramatic effect, we'll compress all that into a montage and say it was only 20 minutes.

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library cards

I thought all cities gave library cards to any city resident ...?

public vs. univ. libraries

Ypsilanti District Library does have a very nice system, which is not part of the City, (it's a separate, pseudo-governmental entity) but does offer library cards for free to any city resident. Most "public" libraries are similar

But I'm talking about Eastern Michigan University's library here. In my experience, it's rare for a university library to be so free with library cards. At University of Michigan, you can use the library without an active UMich affiliation, but you can't (to my knowledge) check books out. When I lived in Princeton, NJ, I couldn't even get in the door of the Princeton University library as a non-student - the guards at the door demanded University ID, and would actually check to see if you were the person pictured on the ID.

Maybe freer library rights are common at less stuck-up universities than UMich and Princeton. My opinion, though, is that for a library the caliber of EMU's Halle Library, the openness and accessibility is pretty admirable.