It is the duty of every library authority1 to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons2 desiring to make use of it3. However, although a library authority has power to make facilities for the borrowing of books and other materials available to any person, it is not under a duty to make them available to persons other than those whose residence or place of work is within the authority's library area4 or who are undergoing full-time education within that area5.
In fulfilling its duty, a library authority must in particular have regard to the desirability of:
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