As if George Washington University hadn’t already proved through its tuition level to be the biggest ripoff in higher education today, now the university has decided to scapegoat and bar entry to local citizens who use their pitiful excuse for a university library (“GW Closes the Books,” 6/6).

Conflicts between universities and the towns in which they reside have been around for centuries, but GW is a case where the university has ceased to live up to its most basic (and tax-exempt) role of serving the community as a repository of knowledge. Instead, GW will accord access to its books and journals only to the privileged class of students and professors. My question: If an off-duty D.C. firefighter wanted to visit Gelman Library, would he/she be kept out even if three hours later that same person might be called in to put out a fire?

Silver Spring, Md.

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