Guardian Letters: Public library fallacy is in my bad books

Letter published in the Guardian about the statutory nature of public libraries:

While I sympathise with Dave Morris (Letters, 15 April) – and even might agree with him – I should point out it is wrong to include libraries in his list of non-statutory services. I am constantly irritated that it is not made clear – often by the media – that public libraries in this country are a statutory service. Local authorities are obliged by statute (the Public Libraries and Museums Act of 1964) to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” public library service, even though this would seem to be being ignored at present.
Barry Smith
Ilkley, West Yorkshire