Libraries must not 'sit back' Government review says

<p>The long-awaited library review will say that libraries can still flourish if they offer free internet access, Sunday opening and a promise to provide any book in the national book collection, a review on the future of libraries concludes, according to the <em>Guardian</em>. The review also insists that councils must retain a statutory duty to provide a universal library service.</p><p>In her introduction culture minister, Margaret Hodge warns that &quot;the context in which libraries operate is changing starkly and at speed&quot;, and adds that &quot;public libraries are not about sitting back and passively waiting for people to borrow your books&quot;.</p><p>The <em>Guardian</em>, which has clearly seen a leaked copy of the review, reports that that government will impose a statutory ban on libraries charging for ebooks, including remotely. It will, however, extend the public lending right to non-print books. There is a comittment to free access to the internet in all Britain&#39;s libraries by 2011.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p>