City school librarians could soon be checked out for good.
The Department of Education is asking the state to waive a regulation that requires schools to employ a full or part-time librarian.
Officials estimate that more than half of all city high schools are already in violation of this rule.
The DOE says that given changes to technology and teaching structures, schools can provide adequate library services without a traditional librarian.
The proposal is facing stiff opposition from the teachers' union, which has filed a suit in state Supreme Court.