This weekend saw numerous organised demonstrations across the UK in response to plans to close around 450 public libraries due to spending cuts caused by the recession. In my own quiet, leafy Oxfordshire village, where the most exciting thing to happen all year is when Morris Dancers come to town in May, over 200 people turned out to protest against the potential closure of the village library, led by TV presenter and local resident Kirsty Young. The ‘back off’ message to the country’s councils has been loud and clear. But it’s led me to wonder whether there actually is a future for libraries in an increasingly digital world?
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