A Doncaster teacher, Anthony Heald, blogged about the importance of public libraries to his students:
As a teacher I regularly encounter students who are unable to access at home the online resources I (and many of their classmates) take for granted. I advise them to go to their local library where internet access is free. I regularly have students who are wanting to pursue language investigations or extended projects on topics that require material unavailable in the school library. I advise them to seek the expertise of the information professionals at their local library.
For many of them, such advice is already futile as they are likely to find the door of their library closed at the sort of times a student is likely to be able to access it.
Council budget cuts are sadly inevitable, and libraries are a soft target. But the softer the target, the more damage is done when it is hit.
Further evidence that what Doncaster needs is better libraries, near the homes and schools of those who need them, open for longer, staffed with qualified and expert information professionals.