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CALL FOR LABOUR TO BOOST LIBRARIES

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The Guardian's editorial (p17) says that Islington LBC's proposal that nearly half of its libraries should open onl...
The Guardian's editorial (p17) says that Islington LBC's proposal that nearly half of its libraries should open only at weekends, is a warning that Britain's libraries are still in danger.

'It's easy to trim back hours, and easy to justify it by lower book lending rates in a vicious cycle of underfunding and underuse,' it says.

The ambitious£750m programme for libraries to catch up with the information revolution begins in April. The library system has a short window of opportunity to exploit its unique reach to deliver the information age according to the principles of equal access and community service, it says.

'New Labour accept libraries are crucial in delivering many policies like higher education standards. Warm words have helped to invigorate a demoralised system but neither they, nor new computer terminals will keep the doors open,' it concludes.
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