Save The Libraries By Charging By The Hour
LIBRARIES are closing. Philip Pullman looks at how they can be saved in a world where everything is about profit:
That branch – how much money did it make last year? Why aren’t you charging higher fines? Why don’t you charge for library cards? Why don’t you charge for every catalogue search? Reserving books – you should charge a lot more for that. Those bookshelves over there – what’s on them? Philosophy? And how many people looked at them last week? Three? Empty those shelves and fill them up with celebrity memoirs.
Hire fitter librarians…