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Libraries in Sweden are also closing down as so far, one fifth of the country's libraries are now closed

Friday, 30 December 2011
Swedish people borrow fewer books in the last fifteen years, and as the digital development strengthens the way things are done, every five library has disappeared, according to latest statistics from the Swedish National Library audit.

According to the Swedish law, every municipality must have a municipal public library and the number of branch libraries. It is this branch libraries in the municipalities that disappearing.

If the developments continues in the same way, it is expected that one third of all libraries in the country would have disappeared by 2020 compared to 1995, writes the Swedish daily, Sydsvenskan.

In November, as reports held that more than five hundred Swedish libraries have not been invested in over the last twenty years, it turns how that more expensive eBooks have been come the trend and norm.

There has been a Contrast in that there has been an, increased interest to borrow e-books. With this development, it turns out that such a move it strikes hard against libraries cash sources now, as they have to pay Skr20 in fees for each loaned e-book.

Therefore, several libraries have introduced restrictions - or even stop - the costly loans of e-books, reports Radio Sweden.
Paper version of the football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography, for example, was lent 250 times in Stockholm, while the electronic form of the biography has had more than 1600 loans, according to radio Sweden.
By Scancomark.se Team


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