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.

Girl looking at library bookshelf

In Sri Lanka the British Council library remains a draw for Colombo residents.

Girl looking at library bookshelf

Eranda Ginige of British Council Sri Lanka reflects on our library in Colombo, which remains a community hub even as most readers trade paperbacks for portable devices.