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Prisons have to have a library - schools don't.

Prisons have to have a library - schools don't.

Did you see the report on school libraries that came out last week? The headline facts are worrying, don’t you think?

Schools with a higher proportion of children on free school meals are more than twice as likely not to have access to a designated library space. One in eight schools has no library at all.

And employment terms for librarians and library staff fall below national standards, with low pay and little investment in professional development and training.

The first of these points is a familiar one. It’s as if there’s some law or commandment which stipulates that children who come from homes with the least money should go to the schools with the least money, too. The employment standards problems are also worrying: they suggest that there is no commitment from government that the specialised knowledge and practice of librarians is a priority.

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