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Sep 23, 2010 3:55 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

CSU library clearing out 11 miles of books

Go ahead and joke about how often Colorado State University students crack the books - the Morgan Library in Fort Collins is clearing out about a fourth of its books because they haven't been checked out in decades.

The Morgan Library is being renovated, and library officials decided to remove about 25 percent of the library's physical collection. Library officials say some 40 percent of the 2.5 million-volume collection hasn't been checked out since librarians moved to an electronic tracking system 20 years ago.

The books won't be tossed, just moved for storage.

School officials say library use is actually growing, but technology means that students today check out fewer physical books.

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