Libraries Gave Us Power

In light of Manchester City Council’s plans to close a number of libraries across the city there’s a piece on the Guardian website where Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers highlights their importance.

It’s hard not to feel utterly despondent at the current plight of public libraries. Along with the NHS and the BBC, our libraries are some of the few truly remarkable British institutions left. So often absolutely ordinary in appearance, a good library should offer escape routes down the most extraordinary avenues, pathways into different worlds from the one you’ve left outside. Ridding our villages, towns and cities of libraries, which are essential in shaping a nation’s consciousness, seems like a direct attack on the soul of the country.

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