Government says libraries must 'promote love of reading'

<p>The government has responded to a select committee call to put books "back at the heart of libraries", saying that the service should fulfill a wider community role and offer "another means to reading" via the internet. The statement is part of the government's 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.

The government said libraries' main function was "to promote the love of reading", and stressed the internet as an essential resour...

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