The university library of the future

A Canadian report looks at the changing face of the university library - fewer books, more hi-tech learning spaces, and robotic delivery.

23 October 2013

Writing for the Globe and Mail, Erin Millar visits Hunt Library: 'Hunt Library is an extreme example of how the information revolution has caused the role of the library to evolve. Now that we can access unprecedented amounts of knowledge from phones or tablets anywhere, book-centred university libraries are no longer the singular places on campus to retrieve information. Now, they are becoming as much about collaboration as they are about sombre, silent scholarship.'

The author goes on to explore the implications for library architectural design and says: 'As for university libraries of the future, we can expect vibrant spaces where books are important but people are central.'


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