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The future of public libraries and their services: a Danish perspective

Hellen Niegaard

Introduction

What kind of conceptual and structural changes are public libraries, as local cultural and knowledge institutions supporting democracy and access for all, currently undergoing? What are the driving forces behind the shift? What kind of strategic response is required? And where are the new and promising models in the pipeline? The answers to these questions, of course, depend on which country you look at. However, many aspects will be universal and therefore the national solutions of one country might be of relevance to others. The following ‘look ahead’ for public libraries in terms of their value and usage within society reflects current ...

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