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Libraries, identity and change

As this book has evolved, the initial questions that have been dealt with have somehow turned into a proposition that in a way might seem a bit surprising. Social and political change is not only natural to the development of public institutions, but indeed a threat to their fundamental identity – or at least it has been conceived as such. In a general sense, few people question the existence and basic legitimacy of libraries. They are simply there as parts of the good of society along with hospitals and the health care system, courts and the judicial system and other stable democratic institutions. In Sweden a recent national survey showed that libraries had the highest level of trust of all public institutions ...

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