Satu Kemppainen: how to save libraries?

Council services, such as social and health care, education,  child-care and culture/the arts, depend on the  money available. In small towns there can be a main library and several branch libraries in different districts. People can come to a library to read newspapers and other publications, free of charge. People have access to computers, as many services are run online. The Library is a place to meet people and spend time and, of course, to borrow books, cds and films.

Many councils need to save money and one alternative is to shut down branch libraries. This is alarming as libraries offer services to the elderly, families and those who do not work. They will miss out on a place where they can get information and spend time for free. Not everyone has easy access to the main libraries that are often in the centre of town. How can we save the small, but vital, local branch libraries?

Satu Kemppainen
The National Library of Finland

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  1. Hello Satu – I’m a patron advocate from the U.S. and heard about this wonderful project from one of the Canadian participants. Here’s some info about me:

    I’ve had dialogue with a number of folks in Canada and also Petter in Norway ( and find great similarities in our library challenges and opportunities. Library financing has been a key theme of my advocacy and I’d welcome an opportunity to compare notes. Please email me if you’re interested. Jean

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