Libraries can charge for e-books, DCMS confirms

<p>Government lawyers have confirmed that public libraries would be legally in the clear if they wanted to charge for e-books that are downloaded remotely. </p><p>According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, no change in legislation is necessary for libraries to apply a charge. Several libraries had called for clarification in the face of increased demand for new e-lending services, but with no extra money to pay for them.<br /><br />A DCMS spokesman said: &quot;Libraries would be able to charge under the present law. To prevent it would need separate clauses in the legislation...

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