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Quatrefoil Library Donates Books to Pittsburgh GLBT Library

By Lavender April 7, 2011

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Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul, one of the oldest GLBT lending libraries in the world, is donating more than 3,000 books to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Last fall, the Quatrefoil Board of Directors realized the library had reached maximum capacity to house its collection. In order to provide additional space for new books and other media, the board decided to donate a large selection of second copies of books. Instead of selling or discarding the books, many of which are hard to find, the board voted to donate them to another GLBT lending library.

Board Secretary Karen Hogan and Head Librarian Kathy Robbins began searching for a suitable home for the books. The Pittsburgh GLCC Library, which was selected to be the recipient of the donated collection from Quatrefoil, presently houses more than 5,000 books, DVDs, and other media. This donation will benefit the GLBT community in Pittsburgh, so that it has further access, understanding, and appreciation of its rich and diverse history.

Quatrefoil sees this donation as an expansion of its mission: “To collect, maintain, document and circulate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer materials and information in a safe and accessible space, in order to promote understanding, an appreciation of diversity and history, and the value of communities.”

To learn more about Quatrefoil Library, visit www.qlibrary.org.

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