Public Libraries Are Not Dying

May 28, 2018

Some people say public libraries are dying, but users are adamant they should stay.

 

Libraries were not dying, according to Public Libraries of New Zealand chief executive Hilary

Beaton.

 

Nationally, 35 per cent of the population were members of a public library - and approximately 1.6 million active members used a library regularly.

 

Ms Beaton says Public Libraries of New Zealand wanted to see libraries protected by law. It was a human right to be able to participate in society and libraries allowed people to do so.

 

Law protection could ensure libraries remained for future generation users.

 

Ms Beaton says borrowing was on the rise, for both books and e-books, adding that courses and internet resources at libraries increased digital literacy.

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