The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is investing EUR560 million to build a Cultural Centre which will host the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. As part of the project, the Foundation is also funding 'Future Library', an effort that aims to transform public libraries into media labs and hubs of creativity, innovation and learning, attracting many groups who now spend little time there - entrepreneurs, students, unemployed, and immigrants.
Google is participating, providing design know-how to the architects hired by Future Library to help create innovative and creative spaces.
The report, from Dionisis Kolokotsas, concludes: 'Some might have imagined that the Internet would make libraries superfluous or irrelevant. But the reality looks like quite the opposite - the Internet can help libraries become a centre for new digital learning and a point of reference for local communities.'