Access to British Library 'under threat'

<p>The public&#39;s free access to many of the most important original documents in world literature held at the British Library is under threat because of funding cuts.<br /><br /><a href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2175026,00.html" target="_blank" title="Obsever comment">In an article in The Observer</a>, the chief executive of the world-renowned institution today urges the government to protect the centuries-old resource - &#39;the mind and memory of the nation&#39;. In a strongly worded public plea to make the preservation of standards at the library a priority in the expected round of spending cuts, Lynne Brindley warns that Britain will soon be left without a resource that it has come to take for granted.<br /><br /><br />Brindley, who has run the library since 2000, was instructed this year to look at the consequences of funding cuts to its &pound;100m budget that might range from 5 to 7 per cent once the Chancellor completes his funding review. &#39;The prognosis was chilling,&#39; says Brindley.<br /><br /></p>