FSU says it can't afford to take over state library


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:12 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush's cost-cutting plan to give the state library to Florida State University has hit a hurdle - the college won't take it.

Florida State President T.K. Wetherell said he didn't believe the state was willing to provide the school with enough money to maintain the collection, which would require nearly 11 miles of shelving. The collection of about 1 million documents and books currently resides in the state's R. A. Gray Building and is run by the Department of State.

Bush suggested in his budget proposal that the state could save $5.4 million a year by giving much of it away to a university.

Interim Secretary of State Ken Detzner said there are five other possibilities for the library's collection. Detzner declined to name the other options, saying he didn't want to jeopardize the talks.

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