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The Importance of Libraries Debate, 12/03/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 12 March 2015 on The Importance of Libraries, the debate was opened by Colin Beattie (SNP).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament notes that 7 February 2015 marks National Library Day, a UK-wide day of events that allows users to celebrate libraries and their staff; notes that the events cover a wide range of activities, including book swaps, treasure hunts and author visits; considers that National Library Day is of great importance in highlighting the role that libraries play in communities, including in Midlothian North and Musselburgh; considers that this role can include access to valuable information that would not otherwise be easily accessible to low-income families and households; notes that 3.6% of libraries in Scotland were closed between 2008 and 2013, compared with 7.9% in England and 11% and 11.5% in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively in the same period, and celebrates libraries for their significance in providing culture and education to the people of Scotland.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 March 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 March 2015