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Libraries go retail-style to pull in East End punters

Tower Hamlets council has launched a new concept for libraries and further education to make them more consumer-friendly. Adopting ideas from retail, it plans to create seven new 'ideas stores' within the next five years to replace its existing libraries. They will incorporate cafes and will adopt the relaxed environment of giant bookshops such as Borders in place of the dowdy and somewhat intimidating institutions that exist at the moment.

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