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"Walk into Friern Barnet Library in North London, and you would think you were standing in a model public library.
"More than 1,000 fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles are stacked neatly on shelves.
There are comfy armchairs, three computer terminals linked up to the internet and friendly librarians making helpful recommendations.
"There’s a DVD and CD section and a kids’ area. Pilates and children’s singing groups abound.
It’s warm, and the carpets and toilets are spotless.
"Tonight, author Will Self is doing a reading from his book Umbrella, nominated for the Man Booker prize.
"You’d want to congratulate the local council on a brilliant service,” says a pensioner on her way to use the free internet facilities.
"Only it’s not the council who are running it. It’s the people."