Central and local government have a statutory responsibility to provide a library service, and we are not entitled to replace or duplicate that responsibility by providing from Lottery funds the core costs of building mainstream facilities for housing and lending books.
We can, however, contribute to the costs of enhancing these facilities by providing space for activities such as readings, literary events, exhibitions, concerts and performances, and will ask libraries to comply with the same rules and application criteria as any other public body applying to the Arts Council for Lottery money for capital purposes.
Yours faithfully, Jeremy Newton National Lottery Director Arts Council of England London, SW1
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