Further reading

Public Libraries: the case for support – Libraries Deliver and The Big Issue (October 2019). ” draws on research and evidence from the British Library, Carnegie UK Trust, CIPFA and others to highlight the transformative impact of public libraries on:

  • Place-shaping and inclusive economic growth
  • Education, informal learning and skills
  • Health, wellbeing and social care
  • Digital skills and getting online
  • Enterprise and business support
  • Poverty prevention, social mobility and social isolation.

The report is further strengthened by personal statements from public library users about the transformative impact of libraries, books and reading on their lives, using the hashtag #WhyBooksMatter.”

Caitlin Moran on library closures.  “Caitlin Moran (author of the funny, touching and pretty sensible adult book, How To Be a Woman, whose column is the reason I buy The Times on a Saturday) used her weekly column in yesterday’s The Times Magazine, to condemn library closures.”
Patrick Ness, Carnegie Medal acceptance speechan excoriating acceptance speech, in which he lambasted the government’s policy on libraries”
Philip Pullman “Leave the libraries alone, you don’t understand their value”Widely publicised and well-received speech by the world-famous author. 

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