Independent Library Report for England published 18 December 2014.
The comment at the start of the report "
Despite the growth in digital technologies, there is still a clear need and demand within communities for modern, safe, non-judgemental, flexible spaces, where citizens of all ages can mine the knowledge of the world for free, supported by the help and knowledge of the
library workforce. This is particularly true for the most vulnerable in society who need support and guidance and to children and young people who benefit from engagement with libraries outside of the formal classroom environment."
Is a much overlooked role for all libraries: Particulalry school and public libraries.