I knew earlier, but now can pass the news on: the British Council Library in KL is closing.
Sad, but yes, understandable. After a couple of years of drawing up lists of books to restock the library, I've come to realise just what an expensive service is to keep running, particularly as the number of members (and therefore the revenue from them) is small. (If your response to this is a howl of outrage, let me ask you, when was the last time you borrowed a book? I didn't borrow either as I am so bad at remembering to take books back!)
Sadder still for me is the fact that the e-library service won't be available for much longer either. I really found this useful for research purposes. But because the passwords got passed on so often to people who weren't members of the library, the service became just too expensive to be tenable.
Still, in these days of massive warehouse sales and excellent bookshops in every shopping mall, no reader should go book-hungry. And it's good that the money can be channeled into new ventures, including the active promotion of literature through other means.
But I'm sad I won't get to order my whole wish-list of books in the future.
* I can forward the list of libraries to anyone who is interested.
Did not realise at first that the closure of this library is part of a world wide phenomena, and less about our KL branch not being viable than about a change in the perception of the role of the council. Fay Weldon attacks the closures in the Independent.