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Government Unveils 10-Year Library Strategy

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

10 February 2003

Ministers announced today plans to make promoting community access to ICT a key priority for public libraries in the 21st Century.

Unveiling the Government's new vision for library services over the next 10 years - Framework for the Future - Arts Minister Tessa Blackstone said that libraries had "a central role in helping people from all walks of life to be part the communications revolution sweeping the world."

The new strategy sets out three central priorities for libraries:

  • to promote reading and learning for everyone, regardless of income and background
  • to encourage access to digital skills and services, and
  • to take a positive role in tackling social exclusion in communities.

"Ground-breaking libraries such as Peckham, Norwich and Bournemouth, which are at the heart of community development, should be models for the public library service", the Minister said.

The new strategy is intended to help local and library authorities agree on the key priorities with central government and their local communities. It asks library authorities to consider how they might translate these policies into a set of programmes which best meet the needs of their local community.

Read the full announcement

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