The bookless library

David A Bell, writing in The New Republic, believes we should not get into denial about the changes that will affect libraries, but direct them wisely.

23 July 2012

In an extensive and thoughtful article, the author asks the question: What will become of the core function of libraries when people no longer need to consult them or borrow books?

Largely using the New York Public Library as a predicate for the direction of change, he expands on the evolving use of library buildings and spaces and concludes that 'to survive, libraries will need to become part of the new, partly digital public sphere, attentive to its needs and rhythms, as well as to those of traditional learning and scholarship.'

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