By W. Baker
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11 36 SOURCES OF RENEWAL AND INNOVATION Framework for the future describes the aims of public libraries as, for instance, the promotion of books and reading. There is also the political requirement for public libraries to have an economic value, to combat social exclusion and to assist in the regeneration of urban and rural communities. Physical urban or rural regeneration is bound up with economic and social issues but attention must be paid also to the built environment so as to give people a pleasant place to live.
The centre comprises a post office, village shop, ATM (cash machine), ICT access centre, community office and regular police surgeries. The regeneration of urban communities has resulted in dockland development in Liverpool, Cardiff, Swansea, London and Glasgow, as well as city centre development in Birmingham, Portsmouth and the City of London. Although dependent on urban development, new commercial buildings and better infrastructure, regeneration (as noted earlier) can be linked also to the provision and improvement of cultural facilities.
In the mid-1990s, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore installed railings on window sills to prevent homeless people sleeping on them and children from climbing on them and coming to harm. Homeless people also used the washroom for prolonged periods and to bathe and wash their clothes, necessitating the installation of a buzzer system. , will ‘in order to make a real difference ... 94 Among the report’s recommendations for change is ... 97 Questions of branding and image are discussed in Chapter 9.