The future of libraries is being decided now: a Spanish perspective

Spanish libraries have benefited from being able to develop in the post-Franco era without being unduly burdened with traditions and also from the country’s political structure, which has decentralised many responsibilities. Spanish libraries have taken rapid advantage of new technology to take part in joint projects, including open access programmes and purchasing consortia for e-content. In a world that is growing ever hungrier for information, libraries have a key role to play, as long as they take decisive action to update their often old-fashioned image.