Cry to save 'libraries in distress'

<p>Tom Holman</p><p>Books and reading need to be put back at the heart of failing public libraries, according to the House of Commons select committee chaired by Labour MP Gerald Kaufman.</p><p>The committee's report, published yesterday, savaged the long-term neglect of a service "in distress". It calls on the government to make radical changes to the way libraries are managed and monitored.</p><p>The report criticised the neglect of books at a time when total spending on libraries was rising and interest in reading high. It urged all library authorities to prioritise "a substantial increa...

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