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article imageNext Saturday is National Libraries Day

By Alexander Baron     Feb 4, 2013 in Odd News
Whether or not you ever use one, libraries are a big part of your life. Next Saturday is National Libraries day in the UK.
It may be called National Libraries Day, but it has its own website, and runs all year round. With so-called austerity there have been moves to close libraries, but this website has a few ideas about both using them and developing them for the future. Wherever you live, from England to New Zealand, if you are on-line - and if you weren't, you wouldn't be reading this - you have not one but many libraries at your fingertips. The grandest of all Internet projects is the Internet Archive which includes the much smaller but ever expanding Project Gutenberg - 42,000 free ebooks to date.
Then there are news sites including the BBC and Google with their vast archives, university and government projects - everything from the Domesday Book to The September 11 Digital Archive.
Whatever your view of libraries - contemporary or future, real world or virtual - National Libraries Day is free for you to join and have your say.
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