For the second time in a decade, the Stephens Branch Library has announced plans to raise copy machine charges to 20 cents per copy. No other copy service in Davis, public or private, requires charges anywhere near that price!
Both Fed Ex and Office Max currently charge 11 cents per copy, including tax. Shield Library at UC Davis charges 10 cents, and Copyland on G Street charges 7 cents. In addition, all these rates remain unchanged from what they were eight years ago, when Davis’ library raised its rate from 10 cents to 15 cents.
The library’s rates are already the highest in town. At 20 cents, they would be 180 percent higher than Fed Ex, 200 percent higher than the UCD library and 250 percent higher than Copyland!
If two commercial chains can charge 11 cents, the public university 10 cents and a family-owned business 8 cents per copy, and none of those having raised prices in more than a decade, Davis’ public library has utterly no business whatsoever raising charges to 20 cents at this time.