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A library in Haiti: a community effort

Cit - Book by book, and with donations large and small -- some from people who are illiterate -- a library is taking shape in one of the poorest places in destitute Haiti.

Self-service features come to libraries Special

London - Library-as-a-service is a self-service initiative, taking advantage of new technology, to automate lending and to access services. Digital Journal visited Chipping Barnet library to see the service in action.

One of the world's oldest libraries in Morocco reopens

The Al-Qarawiyyin library, founded in 859, in the city of Fez, Morocco, will soon throw open its doors once again to the public.

B.C. town nearly loses Internet, mining company saves the day

Stewart - The tiny town of Stewart, B.C. was looking at the prospect of a cold, gloomy winter without Internet service when the local non-profit service provider closed its doors after two decades. Then the local mine and several other businesses stepped in.

British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Paris - Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.

Obama's presidential library to be in south Chicago

Washington - Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he had chosen Chicago's troubled south side as the location for his presidential library.

Nepal quake leaves century-old library in ruins

Kathmandu - Janaki Karmacharya sits on a plastic chair under the tarpaulin that now serves as her office and despairs at the wreckage of her once magnificent library in the heart of Kathmandu.

Op-Ed: Libraries: More bridges between culture and education collapse

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

Darwin’s Beagle library digitalized

Singapore - An online reconstruction of the books that Charles Darwin took on the ship Beagle, has made the library from Darwin’s famed voyage more accessible.

Newbery Medal winner Susan Patron talks writing and future plans Special

Veteran librarian and Newbery award-winning children's book author Susan Patron ("The Higher Power of Lucky") chatted with me about her writing career, her tenure at the Los Angeles Public Library and her future plans.

Japanese company to digitise rare Vatican library manuscripts

- Ancient manuscripts in the Vatican library penned from East Asia to the Pre-Colombian Americas will be digitized by a Japanese company as part of a global project to make the collection available for free viewing by the public.Japan's NTT DATA will dig...

Makerspace allows library users to become creators Special

Edmonton - Avid library users are typically consumers of books, music, films, and other media that can be borrowed or examined for personal use.

Anne Frank's Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries

Tokyo - Scores of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" kept in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, officials said Friday, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics.Pages in at least 250 copies of the diary, or publicat...

Anne Frank's Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries

Tokyo - Scores of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" kept in public libraries across Tokyo have been vandalised, officials said Friday, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics.Pages in at least 250 copies of the diary or publicati...

How the school librarian touches every child Special

Paper books, libraries and librarians -- not outdated, are even more culturally necessary today for both parents and children.

Lafourche voters keep library funds intact

Lafourche Parish voters spoke out at the ballot box on Saturday, rejecting a measure to rededicate real estate tax monies toward the construction of a much needed new detention center. The hotly-debated issue was contentious and nasty at times.

Louisiana lawmaker wants to defund library in favor of new jail

Come Saturday, members of a southern Louisiana community of 97,000 known as Lafourche Parish will vote on a controversial ballot proposal aiming to reallocate $800,000 a year from the local library budget to the funding of a new $25 million jail.

Lafourche Parish to vote on funding jail with library money

Given the choice, would voters opt for a new 600-bed jailhouse, or vote to keep funds in a library system that has been well-managed for years? That question has been put on the ballot in one Louisiana parish today, and the outcome will be interesting.

Filipino man's home doubles as public library

Hernando Guanlao - an older, albeit high-spirited man - opened up his home as a library to the public in the Filipino province of Manila 12 years ago. Now, he is looking to expand his successful endeavor beyond Manila toward other parts of the country.

Special tour inside Crossroads Art Center Special

Baker City - The Crossroads Art Center in Baker City, Oregon provides a welcoming atmosphere for people who want to actively participate in the arts, whether taking a class or admiring the display of new art.

Library book returned after 80 years

A library book borrowed 80 years ago has found its way back to the Navan library, located in the Republic of Ireland. Library officials are mystified as to how the book found its way back to its facility after so many years.

Librarian discovers Jorge Luis Borges note tucked away in a book

Toronto - A librarian's routine day at work took an exciting turn when he discovered a surprise tucked between the pages of a dog-eared copy of Plato's "Republic": a greeting card signed by famed author Jorge Luis Borges.

Police sent to home of 5-year-old girl for overdue library books

Charlton - A 5-year-old girl burst into tears after police arrived at her house to collect two overdue library books she had in her possession.

Photo Essay: The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum Special

Little Rock - The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum opened seven years ago this month and its vast archival collection, architecture, and exhibits have made, and continue to make, it a travel destination for visitors from around the world.

Amazon announces Kindle users can borrow e-books from libraries

New York - Amazon announced Wednesday that Kindle customers can now borrow more than 11,000 ebooks from libraries across the United States. Local libraries are now announcing implementing the system and informing their visitors.

Man serves 10 days in Iowa jail for overdue library books

Newton - Christopher Alan Anspach, 28, of Newton, Iowa, was sentenced to 10 days in county jail and ordered to pay $770.67 in restitution after a judge found that he refused to return overdue library books.

Doug Ford doesn't know who Margaret Atwood is

Toronto - Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford, brother to the mayor is in hot water for comments about author Margaret Atwood's vote to save the city's libraries.

British Library announces campaign to buy ancient book

The British Library is attempting to raise funds to purchase the St Cuthbert Gospel, which was created in the 7th century and is the earliest surviving intact European book.

Canada: BC youths to set up digitalized libraries in Sierra Leone Special

New Westminster - Sunday March 27 in New Westminster, British Columbia, was rainless but chilly. I was at the city's Mercer stadium to watch a soccer exhibition match and photo shoot organized by the African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association (ACSCA).

Local group continues battle against UK library cuts Special

Events were held at libraries throughout the United Kingdom on Saturday as part of the 'Save our Libraries' campaign. Over 400 UK libraries could be closed due to government budget cuts, the Guardian reports.
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The former Royal Castle in Budapest housing the National Szechenyi Library.
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