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The Guardian view on libraries: bring back borrowers

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Libraries are romantic yet prosaic places. The romance is that of reading, and the wealth of human imagining and learning that is contained in them. Access to the knowledge and literary art (poetry, fiction, drama) in...

Malcolm X’s former prison cell becomes first of 1,000 planned ‘freedom libraries’

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Malcolm X writes in his autobiography of how he spent hours reading in the library at Norfolk Prison in Massachusetts. Now the cell that the human rights activist is believed to have occupied is set to be transformed ...

US libraries report spike in organised attempts to ban books in schools

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From calls in Virginia to burn “sexually explicit” books in a school library to a wave of challenges to titles by authors ranging from Toni Morrison to Alison Bechdel, the American Library Association is charting an u...

‘Chronic’ lack of investment in UK primary school libraries revealed

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There is a “chronic” lack of investment in primary school libraries in the UK, with teachers often forced to buy reading materials for children with their own money, according to a new study. But an alliance between t...

UK libraries become ‘death positive’ with books and art on dying

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In the middle of Redbridge Central Library in Ilford, among all the bookshelves and displays, is a phrase that may surprise some visitors: “The death positive library.” The sign sits above a collection curated to help...

Children’s laureates campaign for £100m a year to fix primary school libraries

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All of the UK’s children’s laureates, including Cressida Cowell, Quentin Blake, Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen, are uniting to call for the government to dedicate £100m a year to revitalising “deteriorating” primary...