Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Dead Letter Offices"

As a big time user of the U.S. Postal Service I recently read an interesting article from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (May 2011) and thought that I would pass along some of the information…

“Dead Letter Offices”

Over 2,300 post offices will close their doors in 2011 and 2012, and 16,000 additional post offices, roughly half the nation’s total, will be reviewed for closure. The U.S. Postal Service is facing a $20 billion net loss over the past four years and must undertake cost-cutting measures. Saturday delivery will also soon no longer exist.

Public libraries, facing tight budgets, are overhauling operations too. Some libraries are renting out meeting rooms or providing passport services to offset expenses. Others are seeking business sponsors to pick up the tab for some library services or to keep a building open an extra day. Libraries are also taking advantage of e-books, cutting deals that allow libraries to buy and lend them on the spot or to return multiple copies when demand decreases.

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