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Public libraries in the UK have the right to lend physical books but not ebooks.
The choice of ebooks available to borrow is limited and not all local authorities lend ebooks.
As the way we read changes, so must the way libraries lend.
The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals is campaigning for public libraries in the UK to be able to lend ebooks free of charge to the public, as they do printed books.
The campaign culminates in E-reading Day on 23 April 2014, which is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day
Why can’t libraries do this now?
Current European copyright law means that publishers do not need to license libraries to lend ebooks at all.
Out of the six major trade publishers in the UK only three offer some of their ebooks to libraries and over 85% of ebooks are not available to public libraries in the UK.
CILIP is the leading body representing the information professions in the UK.
We believe in a literate, knowledgeable and connected society. We build the professionalism of our members by supporting the development of skills, knowledge and excellence. We provide unity through shared values and advocate on behalf of the information professions.