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PROPOSED CHANGES OMINOUS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES, SAY CAMPAIGNERS

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A letter in The Times (p17) from celebrities bemoans the reorganisation of British libraries. ...
A letter in The Times (p17) from celebrities bemoans the reorganisation of British libraries.

It says research to be published by the Library Association tomorrow reveals that thirty library authorities believe smaller libraries would mean restricted access for users. People may have to pay for inter-library lending. One third of the counties said they would have to charge for some services which are now free.

Five authorities said they would expect to have to close libraries and 30 believe the future of some of their specialist services like music and drama collections would be threatened.

'Overall the proposed structures look ominous for the public library service,' says the letter.
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