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Libraries exist all over the world. This means that they are subject to the types of events that happen all over the world. We promote the idea of the library as a safe place of learning and discovery, but sometimes that safety is hard to provide. In this discussion topic we’re going to look at the role of libraries in times of natural and human-made disasters.
Libraries have an important role to play in disasters, as they occupy a trusted place in the mind of the public. When electricity and internet access are cut off, the library is often where the community will congregate. Libraries can act as collection points for aid and communication hubs. The library can play these roles because they are known as public, open places, with no entry fees – an important feature for those who…
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