“It seems like an act of complete barbarism to close a library that was opened by a great writer,” said Pullman. “Are we not interested in great writers any more? And if so, what kind of society are we living in?
“Libraries are places that anyone can go. They are not just about books, but even if they were only books they’re an opportunity to meet characters and come across ideas you would never have dreamed of. Everyone remembers the first time they went to the library, and even the first book they borrowed.”