The Independent – “Public libraries could be set for a radical overhaul that could see books offered alongside coffee, murder mystery nights, poetry evenings and open mic sessions, should the plans of a private US company be given the green light. Library Systems & Services, a Maryland-based firm, owns 13 public libraries in the US. Its aim in Britain is to manage 15 per cent of public libraries within the next five years.
LSSI is in consultation with local authorities across the UK, proposing to transform libraries into “multifunctional spaces”. It hopes to have won contracts in at least four local authorities by the end of the year.”