United Kingdom


Public libraries in the United Kingdom have seen a variety of regulatory schema since they were first legislated in 1919. Since the post-war era and the advent of the welfare state, the United Kingdom has used several different models for structuring its public libraries. These run the range from small, highly independent, individual library authorities with no national assistance to consolidated library systems governed by tight regulations with governmental audits. Libraries in the United Kingdom face a public relations battle, with some questioning their usefulness in the twenty-first century. In 2010, public library standards in the United Kingdom were abolished.

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public library funding shortfalls

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