Definition: Public (or popular) libraries

Culture

Public (or popular) libraries are libraries which serve the population of a community or region free of charge or for a nominal fee;  they may serve the general public or special categories of users such as children, members of the armed forces, hospital patients, prisoners, workers, and employees.
Source:
Final report of the LEG on cultural statistics in the EU, Eurostat Working Papers, 2000 Edition
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