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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

One card - single membership for all London's libraries moves a step closer

"At present, most London library services operate their own membership systems, so that if users want to borrow books, music or films from more than one borough's libraries, they have to join each one separately and carry more than one membership card. The study finds that London's chief librarians strongly support a move towards a single membership. A single card would provide greater flexibility and improved accessibility. However, it also notes that there are significant challenges to be met, including financial and technical implications, and the retention of the strong local identification and ownership that most libraries enjoy. The study provides a number of possible ways forward as options for discussion

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