Government defends 'community' role for libraries

<p>Katherine Rushton</p><p>The government has sidelined a Select Committee call to put books "back at the heart of libraries", saying that the service should fulfil a wider community role and offer "another means to reading" through the internet.</p><p>The statement forms a key part of its long-awaited response to March's Select Committee report under Gerald Kaufman MP, which criticised low library spend on books at a time when total budgets were rising and interest in reading was high.</p><p>The government said libraries' main function was "to promote the love of reading", and stressed the...

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