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Public Libraries


Public libraries

A strong public library service is the foundation of a literate and inclusive society and a competitive knowledge economy. Great local libraries are an investment in communities, providing a cost effective way to improve health, support business start-ups, improve literacy and skills, and do all of this in a way that is open to all.

Benefits of public libraries

Libraries and the staff that work in them change lives and transform communities and help to build a fair and prosperous society.

They:

  • Connect people with the information they need to succeed
  • Provide public access to knowledge and information
  • Promote reading and literature to all ages and the whole of society
  • Enable lifelong learning
  • Contribute to the digital inclusion agenda
  • Serve local people as a community hub to deliver services and activities such as internet access, computer sessions, reading groups and some larger hubs in partnership with others support SME’s and start up’s offering help, advice and support and enable access to innovative technology
  • Act as a cost-saver by combating ignorance, alienation and isolation
  • They stand for important values such as intellectual property, equality, engaged citizenship and informed democracy
  • Work with children, those with literacy problems and other disadvantaged groups

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