Save Our Libraries

We Must Save Our Libraries

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. “

Carnegie, Andrew

These are the words of wealthy industrialist, Andrew Carnegie who built the first public library in his hometown of Dunfermline, before going on to create thousands of libraries in the UK, Ireland, USA and across the world.

Carnegie famously said: ‘The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.’ One can only imagine how he would feel about today’s library closures – his legacy being disappeared by short-term-ism.

Entrance to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, Pa

Things may have changed in how we consume information and libraries have evolved with that change. But they are and always will be, community hubs, sources of advice, wellsprings of inspiration, places for self-advancement and human exchange.

We should not only save our libraries but continue to view them as a community learning facility, accessible to all. Let's get creative in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie and create community libraries in many more places across the world!

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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