Time for libraries to take stock

<p>Katherine Rushton</p><p>The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee report published in March was very clear. It demands a larger proportion of the public libraries budget spent on books, and for the printed page to be put back "at the heart" of libraries. </p><p>But the government response that came last week was more equivocal. Books are important and library authorities should be "encouraged" to spend more on them, it says, but internet access and community development are also key. Spending on computer facilities must be "maximised" and libraries should be asse...

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