Money makes a difference for libraries in Greenfield, Fortville

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GREENFIELD — It’s a tale of two libraries when it comes to stepping into the digital age for local patrons.

With stark differences in budgets and foot traffic, officials at the Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library and Hancock County Public Library agree patrons want e-books, magazines and more. But contrasting priorities for the expense and usefulness of electronic media is leaving patrons in Vernon Township with few e-resources and those in the rest of the county with thousands of electronic materials at their fingertips.

It all comes down to money.

Richard Bell, director of the Fortville library, said officials are hesitant to leap into digital services for the simple reason that most patrons don’t want to give up hard copies of books and magazines in the process.

Buying both digital and hard copies is costly.

“We’re finding the people that use our library are kind of conservative about going to the digital product,” he said. “They still want the print product.”

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