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Call for investment in public libraries

23rd Oct 19

CILIP and The Big Issue have joined forces to launch a new evidence-based report calling on Central Government to 'build the future' by investing in public libraries.

Titled Public Libraries: The Case for Support, the report brings together evidence of the wide-ranging impact that public libraries have on people's lives.

The report highlights how libraries deliver on:

Place-shaping and inclusive economic growth
Education, informal learning and skills
Health, wellbeing and social care
Digital skills and getting online
Enterprise and business support
Poverty prevention, social mobility and social isolation

The report endorses the message in Library Champion Bobby Seagull's Manifesto for Libraries that Government needs to secure public library funding for Councils and create a new National Library Improvement Fund with a capital budget of up to 50m a year for 5 years.

You can download the full report here:

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