More than any other institution in my city the public library is the most effective melting pot of economic and social categories. The highly educated, the people who will eat supper at a soup kitchen, the recent immigrant — and everyone else, all of us — are here. And everyone seems to feel at home.

On the Public Library | James Shelley

Via iainbroome, who says: “All reasons why communities across the UK are horrified about the goverment’s proposed plans to cut funding and close a great swathe of our public libraries.”