chapter  12
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Information and the right to know

Since the 1970s, libraries have identified themselves - sometimes exclusively - with information provision. It has become almost automatic now when describing library services, library training schemes and library policy in general to link the two. In some cases, "information services" now takes precedence over "library services". But what kind of information do libraries provide, how much and to whom? Is it really the core activity of the public library service in contemporary society?