Global Reach

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Global Reach


CANADA 1

Students at the University of Calgary in Alberta face significant delays this spring and summer in accessing some books at the new $180-million Taylor Family Digital Library because of a design flaw in the building's climate-control mechanism. Refitting the system will cause four floors of stacks to remain closed until the end of the summer, with staff locating and retrieving specific titles. The facility was due to open March 15.--Calgary Herald, Mar. 10.

PERU 2

The National Library of Peru in Lima has begun a campaign to recover more than 600 titles that are missing from its rare book collection. The titles include books and manuscripts printed between the 16th and 19th centuries. Director Ramon Mujica announced February 22 that the rare books department would be closed for 90 days for an inventory, adding that he had already received calls from colleagues and collectors who have seen or bought books In various parts of Lima that were stamped with the National Library seal.--Andean Air Mail and Peruvian Times, Feb. 26.

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UNITED KINGDOM 3

Pressure is building on British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the filing of several legal challenges. Campaign for the Book has launched a judicial review case through solicitors, arguing that Hunt failed to comply with his legal duty to supervise local authorities in providing proper library services to their residents. Two Lewisham residents have sent Hunt a formal request demanding that he intervene over the five libraries set for closure there on May 28. A court challenge was also launched in mid-February against two other councils.--The Guardian (U.K.), Feb. 24, Mar. 1.

CZECH REPUBLIC 4

The Vaclav Havel Presidential Library, now housed in two different locations, will move in 2013 into a renovated 16th-century palace in Prague. Havel said the aim of the library was not to build his personal memorial but to create "an epicenter of spiritual, social, and literary life in Prague. …

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