chapter  3
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The end of enlightenment

This book is not about public libraries per se, but about what public libraries represent - perhaps one of the greatest educational, cultural and social resources in Britain, admired and emulated throughout the world. It would probably be impossible to invent or construct such a network again. But can it survive and flourish in an era of public service restructuring, economic deregulation, the commercialization of information and the growth of home-based leisure, and other impacts resulting from the wider social transformations that now prevail throughout the world?