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US libraries cannot afford to stock up on new Harry Potter book.

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Libraries in the United States are realising the true extent of budget cuts as the day of release for the latest Harry Potter book approaches.

The public library of Clinton in Wisconsin is expecting up to 100 requests for 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' but, due to a double-digit cut in its budget, will not be able to meet these demands.

The Bruggemeyer Memorial Library in Monterey Park, California, has already had funding cut this year, meaning that the library will buy 800 fewer children's books than last year.

Librarians worry that failure to get enough copies of such a popular book could spoil the chance for children to nurture a lifelong passion, The Associated Press reported.
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