Libraries are about democracy, not just books

(9 October 2018) Libraries Work! a research report released last month in Australia, demonstrates that every dollar invested in Victorian public libraries generates more than four times that value in benefits to the local community.

Yet some writers and politicians have failed to recognise this and, further, have failed to understand what public libraries do. If we allow ourselves to indulge in nostalgic middle-class ideas of quiet places and well-stuffed bookshelves, then we have failed to understand them too. In fact, we have endangered them.

The Age has the full story by Christie Nieman.