This is Why We Need Libraries

Oksana Brui, the president of the Ukrainian Libraries Association has written a beautiful letter to the world’s library community, calling libraries “a strategic weapon” in the war with Russia. She lists the huge impacts that libraries have on people’s lives: “… libraries are places of safety and freedom… educational spaces… power places…” Ukrainian libraries are also providing instruction on caring for injured persons at home, doubling as temporary asylums for homeless civilians and defending cyberspace against the bombardment of misinformation. Please take the time to read her touching letter; it is a bright light shining during this horrible time of war. You can also read more comments in this magazine article.

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