Tuesday morning reading: a defense of libraries, by Zadie Smith

Love this piece by Zadie Smith in the New York Times book blog: The North West London Blues.

Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. … A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.

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