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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

The value and role of libraries

Neil Gaiman's lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered on October 14 at the Barbican in London. Here's an excerpt. Click the link above for the entire text.

"Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open."