A Public Library That Straddles the US-Canadian Border



The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is the public library of Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. It sits right on the US-Canadian border. In fact, a black line across the floor marks the division:

You enter the lovely turn-of-the-century building in Vermont, but you check out the books -- your choice of English or French -- in Quebec. And, the librarian who assists you may be either a citizen of the United States or Canada, or both and, probably bilingual.[...]

The building and its facilities are governed by a seven-member board of trustees -- four Americans and three Canadians -- who serve without pay.


Link and Official Website -via Mark Steyn | Photo by Flickr user Kables used under Creative Commons license

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@Jim: that's kinda what i was wondering. since passports are now required to enter Canada from the US, does that cause problems or is it "exempt" because it's indoors and therefore harder to just hop over into Canada? i mean, i know it's kind of trivial, but it still raises interesting legal questions.
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