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  Future of libraries under threat
Updated 27 April 2004, 14.37
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Borrowing books from the library could become a thing of the past, if a new report is anything to go by.

The number of visitors to libraries has dropped by 50% in the past 20 years and there's a danger the service could die out completely, the report warns.

Campaign group Libri, which carried out the report, is calling for spending on books to be trebled and for libraries to increase their opening hours.

Library funding has gone up, but a lot of the money is spent on paperwork.

In the past five years, funding has gone up by 25% to 1 billion.

But just 9% of that has been spent on books, the report claims.

It found that one council-run library spent 24 every time it bought a 10 book, with the extra cash going on administration and management.

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