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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Piped music in libraries may encourage young people in, but it risks forcing older readers out

"A spokeswoman described it as "quiet background #music"; a user said it was a song by the Sugababes. It is not for me to decide whether or not the two claims are compatible. The debate was about the decision by the Gloucestershire libraries service to introduce piped music into some of its libraries. The majority of visitors enjoyed the atmosphere, the spokeswoman said, and the library at the centre of the alleged Sugababes outrage has been "very busy since we introduced music". The complaining borrower, however, aged 76, found that she couldn't concentrate on choosing her books because of the thumping background beat." - The Guardian

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