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Mr. Bosak said Leander budgeted $523,950 for its library system this fiscal year. Of that, $485,425 was funneled to LSSI. The remaining portion was spent on building maintenance and other tasks performed by city employees, he said.

“It’s been seamless. It’s still the city library, and we emphasize to [the library staff] that even though you’re not employed by the city, you still represent the city. We’re all one in this,” he said. “So far, we haven’t had any problems with it.”

The company, Mr. King said, plans to expand. With struggling economies, he said, more communities are likely to make the switch.

“We’ll keep our eye focused on satisfying our customers, and the future will take care of itself,” Mr. King said.