Public libraries ‘should try to emulate coffee shops’

Coffee shopThe Guardian 12.18.14
Public libraries are facing an “absolute disaster” and should try to emulate coffee shops, the author of an independent report into the service has said.
William Sieghart, who headed a panel to produce an independent report on the role of the public library service in England, warned of large-scale closures if features such as free Wi-Fi were not improved.
The Independent Library Report, expected to be published later, was jointly commissioned by the Culture Department and the Department for Communities and Local Government and aimed to lay out the future for libraries.

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