This paper explores the potential benefits of siting public libraries within retail developments. Evidence is based on a literature review and five case studies in the UK that involved interviews with librarians, shopping centre managers and shop managers. The greatest benefit of the presence of a public library in retail centres is increased footfall. Shopping centre locations also benefit the library, and this is often perceived as being more significant than the library’s impact on the shops. Recommendations are made as to how libraries could maximise the awareness of their value and the benefits they provide.
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