Public Libraries

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th September 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent steps her Department has taken specifically targeted at building links between schools and public libraries.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Building on work already undertaken by some authorities, the Department is working with the Department for Education and Arts Council England to develop a pilot scheme to provide automatic library membership for primary school pupils, to encourage them to use their local public library. During the 2012-13 academic year, we will pilot different approaches to test the most effective ways of making these links between schools and public libraries.

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