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September 29, 2009


BBC - Millions of book lovers can now borrow items from a public library regardless of where they live, under a new scheme. More than 4,000 libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are in the Society of Chief Librarians initiative. Existing membership cards or a proof of address will allow people to use any library in the scheme, although books have to be returned to the same area. . . The aim is to encourage more people to use libraries, in the face of competition from online book sellers and people browsing in bookshops with coffee bars. Among those who might benefit from the scheme are people who need extra reading material while on holiday. . . The society is developing a scheme for the future where one library card would allow the holder to borrow and return books to any public library in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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