Libraries 'losing their place'

Tom Holman</p><p>
Public libraries need to revolutionise their book spending policies and mimic bookshops to make themselves more attractive to users, according to a hard-hitting report published today by the Audit Commission.</p><p>
The report, Building Better Library Services, is heavily critical of libraries' failure to supply books wanted by users. It warned that diminishing use of libraries needed to be reversed quickly. "They [libraries] are losing their place in people's lives. If current trends continue, libraries will increasingly become a minority service."</p><p>
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