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Library funding 'boosts reading enjoyment and exam grades'

10th May 2011

Increasing funding for libraries has been found to have a direct impact on exam grades and the overall enjoyment of reading among children using the facilities.

Research carried out at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, US, analysed 23 previous studies into the effects of boosting school library funding and showed that it encouraged more children to use the resources.

This in turn led to higher exam grades among library users and a greater love of reading, explained Debra Kachel, a professor in the school library and information technologies department at the university.

She added: 'In fact, quality school library programmes may play an even greater role for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.'

Speaking to the Bookseller last month, Ayub Khan, Warwickshire's head of libraries, said dramatically reducing new book buying may be the only way to save money in the short term, but will cause serious problems for libraries further down the line as user numbers fall.

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