The Library, a popular Franklin Street bar, has loosened its membership requirements after Chapel Hill residents complained about a $25 application fee enacted earlier in the summer.
On July 3, the bar announced on Twitter the membership application would also require a valid W-2 form as proof of employment for all non-students, causing some locals to claim the policy was discriminatory.
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“There were lots of fights on a few specific nights last year,” said A.J. Tama, the new owner of The Library who took over in late July.
He said the private membership rules already existed but hadn't been enforced.
The original change was made in July because the bar was receiving pressure from the Town of Chapel Hill to comply with a state law telling private clubs like The Library they have to operate on a members-only basis.
Tama, a long-time Chapel Hill resident who worked security at Top of the Hill for six years, decided to change the membership application after seeing some of the negative feedback it had received.
“The W-2 requirement is absolutely gone,” Tama said. "The bar will also be charging only $2 for membership this fall in order to make it a more attractive location for both students and locals."
This pricing falls more closely in line with the membership fees at other Franklin Street bars, like the Crunkleton and The Dead Mule Club.