As we regularly point out, libraries are a tale of two planets. Hundreds are being closed, starved or dumped on to reluctant volunteers. Yet they remain uniquely useful, popular and are fiercely defended by their communities. Their potential to develop remains unlimited.

Unless government (national and local) gets a grip, the future is grim. Meanwhile, better information is badly needed.

A new report from Carnegie UK has plenty of good news as well as bad. Veteran campaigner Tim Coates says it should have highlighted the badness – before it’s too late.

Which do you support? Take your pick. – More here.

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Libraries News Round-up: 6th May 2014

Public Libraries News : 5th May Editorial | Keep library users happy: don’t send them away angry http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2014/05/keep-library-users-happy-dont-send-them-away-angry.html The Lincolnite : 6th May Volunteering to run libraries is a mistake, say protesters…

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