Christmas Trees Absent From University of North Carolina Libraries This Year

Christmas trees that have graced the two main libraries at the University of North Carolina won't be displayed this year, after numerous complaints, The Charlotte Observer reported.

The trees have stood in the lobbies of Wilson and Davis libraries at the Chapel Hill campus during December. This year, they are being kept in storage.

Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries, told the newspaper that she made the decision after several years of complaints from employees and others.

“We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas,” she said. “It doesn't seem right to celebrate one particular set of customs.”

It is unusual for a public library to house a display representing one religion, according to the Durham County library system's deputy director Catherine Mau.

Michalak, who has been the head librarian at UNC for the past four years, told the Observer that at least a dozen employees have complained about the Christian display. Students, however, have been mum on the trees.

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