"A society that doesn't treasure books and resources for learning doesn't deserve to be described as civilised. Libraries have been, are and should continue to be the hub of every community, a meeting place, a melting pot of creativity."
Hardeep Singh Kohli
"Without libraries I would not be an author. There were no books in my house when I was growing up. There was no sense that literature belonged to me or people like me. It was my local library that broke down these barriers."
"We live in a place that's pathologically fixated on the present: libraries are conduit to the past. The conversation around us tends towards the homogeneous preoccupations of money and celebrity: in a library I can learn HTML, discuss burial customs with Sir Thomas Browne, meet Primo Levi, speak Tamil."
"Google can bring back a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one."
"A library provides a social network, an important focus for a community, an education, a safe haven, stimulation and peace for children and pensioners and everyone in-between."
"My local library gave me a love of words that has never dimmed, and the knowledge that if you have books you have constant access to a world far away from your own."
"My father is illiterate. And my mother doesn't speak English. The fact that I ended up a writer is down to the fact that I had a library close to where I lived."
"Libraries are where, amongst other people, the young and ambitious go to better themselves."
CO-AUTHOR OF JILTED GENERATION AND FREELANCE JOURNALIST
"Libraries are the center of communities. If you close down a library, you've ripped the heart out of a community."