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An article in Hällekis Kuriren outlines some of the provisions of the new Library Act which comes into force on 1 January, 2014.  The provisions of interest to us are that libraries will continue to lend e-books and that those loans must be free of charge to readers.

Also of interest is the identification of certain groups in society as deserving priority service:  those suffering from any handicap, those whose mother tongue is not Swedish, and Swedish minority groups – essentially, I imagine, the Sami.  This requirement in the Act will clearly lead to a demand for e-books in a wide range of languages.

In this article, no mention is made of any inclusion of e-books within the Swedish equivalent of the Public Lending Right, but examination of the Act itself may reveal further information.

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