Published: 26th Jun 2013

Edinburgh’s libraries are not just about books. Actually they were never just about books! They are about place, people, learning, inclusion and equality of access. Libraries are here to stay because they have a survival instinct and because they have created a mutually dependent relationship with the communities they serve, and most importantly, they know how to adapt to the changing world around them. Libraries are public spaces, one of the few non-commercial spaces in the city. There is the democratic dimension. Libraries are where a mix of ages, income groups, young and old share the same place and there is huge potential for us to play an even more vital and active role as ‘public living rooms’. In Edinburgh libraries are owned by our communities. Free, attractive, warm and comfortable spaces. spaces where everyone and anyone can freely pick up a magazine a book, DVD or CD, somewhere to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)