In order to respond to the tastes of its patrons, Fairfax County Public Library discards books that have not been checked out in two years in order to make space for more popular books [Miller, 2007]. This policy led them to pull classic works by William Faulkner and Thomas Hardy, freeing up space for popular works by John Grisham and James Patterson. Given that it has become easier and cheaper to find books in retail and online stores in recent years, do libraries provide a public good? Is the public good aspect of libraries met by providing books with mass- market appeal or by providing a cultural storehouse of classic books? 10. Private

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