Liberating Libraries

Published by Henrik Schafranek on Tuesday Feb 4, 2014 at 10:22

Burning books have always been a tragic symbol of repression, and during the Arab Spring and the uprising in Egypt one of the strong symbols of people protesting for freedom and democracy was the human chain formed around the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to protect it and its content from the riots. This battle for the protection of free information is not limited to emerging democracies. In an age of digitalization and budget cutbacks a wider struggle is emerging to prevent public libraries from disruption and thoughtless destruction.