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Saturday, 20 December 2014

A love letter to libraries

Herald columnist Catriona Stewart has written an absolutely brilliant love letter to libraries in today's paper.

She explains how public libraries helped her with her studies and a particular act of kindness from a librarian in the Mitchell Library. This eulogy continues to take in great libraries from Coatbridge to New York and beyond. Wherever you are libraries are a constant.

I particularly liked this:

"In a world where taking and selling are prime, librarians stand out. They exist only to give: to give the gift of knowledge and information and reading, which is the ultimate gift. If you are a reader the kingdom and everything in it is yours; librarians are the Ordnance Survey."

As the trade union that represents library staff, we could not have put it better.

This should be required reading for Scottish Ministers and councillors who are considering cutting the already depleted public library service.


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