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29th October 2013 Sara Lock

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What people think about libraries – survey results

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report summarises the results of a survey carried out to discover what people think about libraries. The survey asked respondents five open questions about their use of public libraries, as well as their views on their value, purpose and ideal qualities. These open-ended questions enabled free expression of opinions and ideas. There were 1,433 responses to the survey and a full breakdown of the results is provided in this document.

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Understanding what people value about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report examines what people value most about libraries, and how this can be used to continue to place libraries at the heart of their communities. The report identifies the importance of the library space, including its look, feel and purpose; the value of libraries to children and young people; the role of libraries in collecting and offering a gateway to knowledge and culture; the inclusivity of libraries and their role in social opportunity and equality, and the tension between change and continuity in libraries.

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Understanding what young people think about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report presents the results of two workshops held with young people in the 12-18 age bracket in November 2012. These were designed to take into account their views on the purpose and value of libraries as important current and future users of library services. The third phase of the programme explored public views of the purpose and value of public libraries.

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