Hard times for rural libraries

<p>Public librarians know our buildings are in disrepair, they close for too long and issues are in decline. Despite a minister, a Museums Libraries&amp;Archives Council (MLA), public library standards, and a framework for the future there's little change in these fundamentals.</p><p> This year the fabric of public libraries has become a little more tattered with announcements that 100 libraries may close. As a manager of Cornwall's libraries it's alarming but no surprise that Devon and Dorset lead this trend. Small rural counties are the Torquay Utd of the library spending league. In 20004...

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