New library supply strategy to free up money for books

<p>Fiona Fraser</p><p>A new national model for library book buying will be in place by 2008, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) have pledged.</p><p>The move follows a key recommendation in the long-awaited PKF report into library supply to set up a national purchasing agency for libraries. Minister for Culture David Lammy said joint ordering and shared systems could save libraries between &#163;7m and &#163;20m, to be reinvested in books.</p><p>The report said that a national purchasing agency would mean library suppliers ...

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