The bigger picture

So, why on earth shouldn’t we have libraries run by volunteers, or a library in the local supermarket branch? Some ideas being floated for new ways of running library services probably seem to have plenty going for them, especially at a time when our belts are supposed to be tightened.

But so many of these ideas risk causing far worse problems than they solve. In this section we take a look at some of the issues surrounding library service provision, try to offer some context and examine some reasons why they may sometimes be a bad idea.