Libraries should be about books

<p>This week has seen a renewed focus on the plight of public libraries, spurred no doubt by the alarming news that up to 80 are under threat of closure. </p><p>Closure is on the cards because visits by the public are down. A chicken-and-egg situation is developing in some areas, where declining investment in books leads to a decline in visits. The public figures are well known, but they are so stark they are worth repeating: out of a total spend on libraries of &#163;1,060m in 2003/04, the latest year available, only &#163;95m was spent on books, down markedly from &#163;118m a decade earl...

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