"A free public library service was one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. Literature opens doors, and here we are shutting them. It is so very sad and demands a U-turn from government, not just for the children and old people who use them, but because we have a cultural tradition to protect. The Government talks about people power; well, the people don’t want libraries to shut."
- Colin Dextor, author and creator of Inspector Morse, on almost 400 libraries facing closure in the UK due to government cuts. For more, see the stories people sent in to The Independent about what libraries have meant to them in their lives.