Bulgaria's Public Libraries Protest Total State Neglect

Culture | January 8, 2011, Saturday // 16:04|  views

With little funding, Bulgarian public libraries have suffered out-of-date an deteriorated collections and facilities. Photo of the library at the Troyan cultural center. BGNES

Bulgaria's network of public libraries has sent an open letter to PM Boyko Borisov, sharply protesting radical cuts and neglect on the part of the state.

The letter, also published in the Kultura weekly, is also signed by a whole string of other organizations such as the professional unions of architects, film workers, actors, writers, translators, painters, as well as journalists.

Libraries protest that funds, owed by the state as per the law and specific programs, are not being paid out.

They also underscore that the budget alotted to the Ministry of Culture for libraries is all but reduced to zero.

Libraries recall that for 2007 and 2008 some 18% of public libraries were not able to purchase a single new book, while for 2009 and 2010 that figure has risen to a staggering 90%.

They request from PM Borisov to fulfill all legal and other normative obligations to the public library network, inlcuding school libraries.

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Tags: library, Boyko Borisov, budget cuts


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