FBI raids Detroit Public Library

Agents at main branch on Woodward Avenue

Published On: Nov 20 2012 10:51:24 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 05:31:01 PM EST
DETROIT -

Sources tell Local 4 the FBI on Tuesday raided the Detroit Public Library's main branch on Woodward.

Sources said six agents confiscated records.

No patrons were in the library at the time of the raid because it hadn't opened yet.

The Detroit library, like other arms of city government, has suffered financial problems. In 2011, there was a plan to close 18 of 23 branches. The plan was dropped after officials took a new look at revenue projections and figured in the savings from a smaller staff.

Two branches were closed, and 80 of 364 employees were dismissed. Most of the library's budget comes from a property tax.

Detroit Library Commission President, Jonathan Kinloch, said the action by the FBI is justified.

"Based on all of the concerns that have been raised over the past few months, you would expect that at this particular point there would be some outside review of the activities to see whether or not there's any wrongdoing," he said.

IMAGES: Opening the pages of a Detroit gem

Published On: Dec 14 2011 02:36:46 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 30 2012 06:30:35 PM EST
ClickOnDetroit photographer Sal Rodriguez takes you inside the main branch of the Detroit Public Library

Take a look inside of the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. We think you'll agree it is one of the city's hidden gems.

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