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Social capital

This project investigates how public libraries contribute to the production of social capital in the communities in which they are located

Public libraries have traditionally offered users access to information and knowledge, as well as access to the people who assist in finding these items. Their physical spaces offer a community space with a range of uses. The value of public libraries is attested by their high usage. They offer their services to a wide range of people, including the retired, those out of work, students and others with few resources. Many libraries have developed collections in other languages, services for people with disabilities, special support for students, and facilities and activities for local groups. 

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