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Public libraries to the rescue

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John Beauchamp 23.04.2014 14:17
  • Public libraries to the rescue! Alicja Baczyńska reports.
While 60 percent Poles hardly ever explore books beyond the cover, the latest statistics leave room for optimism pointing to a nationwide growth in public library patronage in recent years.

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As Alicja Baczyńska reports, nationwide figures recently released by the Ministry of Culture and the National Library show that Poles borrowed nearly 1.5 million more publications in 2012 than in the previous year.

This marked a U-turn in the nearly decade-long trend of declining book rental figures and library membership rates.

“Greater awareness among local officials and mayors translates to greater funding for public libraries,” says head of the National Library Tomasz Makowski. “If new releases are made available for patrons, they will be more eager to come to a library.”

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