Put cash on the books for libraries;Letter
In promising evening and weekend opening for libraries, the Government is not, however, "responding to changing lifestyles", as their spokesman claimed. There is nothing new in having only evenings and weekends free for visiting a library, and this was once recognised by the service. As long ago as 1950, between school and university, I worked Saturday and evening shifts until 9pm in the then St Pancras Public Libraries - including at least one of the recently reprieved branches.
What the Government is responding to, as Chris Smith recognises, is "the decline and decay of the past two decades", the steady deterioration in public provision, not only in the library service.
Books, music, videos, access to information technology - all need to be readily available in public libraries.
Michael J Smith 10 Hillview North Pickenham Swaffham, Norfolk