There has also been a major rethink in how exactly the library should be serving the public.' Photo by Loughborough University Library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

There has also been a major rethink in how exactly the library should be serving the public.' Photo by Loughborough University Library on Flickr / Creative Commons.

There has also been a major rethink in how exactly the library should be serving the public.' Photo by Loughborough University Library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

After years of declining visitor numbers, libraries are experiencing a resurgence of interest and investment. Tomas Doherty of the British Council in Bangladesh explains how libraries have adapted to new trends in how we read, work and socialise, as the British Council library in Dhaka reopens on 20 September.  

"Enforcar um dia (‘hang the day’) refers to the lovely idea that if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, you should take the Monday or Friday off to make it a long weekend." Photo of sunset on Copacabana beach by Daniel Chong Ka Fui under Creative Commons licence.

"Enforcar um dia (‘hang the day’) refers to the lovely idea that if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, you should take the Monday or Friday off to make it a long weekend." Photo of sunset on Copacabana beach by Daniel Chong Ka Fui under Creative Commons licence.

"Enforcar um dia (‘hang the day’) refers to the lovely idea that if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, you should take the Monday or Friday off to make it a long weekend." Photo of sunset on Copacabana beach by Daniel Chong Ka Fui under Creative Commons licence.

Portuguese is not just spoken in Portugal, but in Brazil and several African nations including Mozambique and Angola. It’s also one of ten languages identified as most important for the UK’s future by the British Council’s Languages for the Future report. In the seventh of our series, Paula Boyce, who’s lived in Rio de Janeiro…

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How effective are the online information and enquiry services of the top 500 universities? The British Council’s Elizabeth Shepherd looks at new research that evaluates the recruitment process through the eyes of prospective international students. 

The research will be presented at the European Association of International Education (EAIE) Conference, taking place from 16 to 19 September.

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

What’s it like to live in the West Bank? A series of short films produced by young Palestinians gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in Ramallah. Suha Khuffash of the British Council explains.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

Tom the Lion, whose debut album Sleep was mostly created in a bedroom studio over two years, tells us about his process for writing music. Listen to two of the songs from the album recorded for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music.