The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has presented England's public libraries with five major challenges to be met over the next three years.
In its response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's report on public libraries, published today, MLA is calling on local authorities and other funding bodies to back its improvement programme for libraries by:
extending opening hours, particularly at evenings and weekends
diversifying both the library workforce and the services on offer and involving the community in service development programmes sustaining free internet access in all public libraries co-ordinating book procurement, reducing overheads and increasing the range of resources available to users establishing a major investment programme to renovate and sustain public library buildings.
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