Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Libraries Everywhere! Where is the Public Library?

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted the library for guests of a hotel.  On Sunday, I was reading an article in Architectural Digest about the new Restoration Hardware flagship store in Boston.  One of the amenities for shoppers is a library on the top floor.  With the proliferation of 'Little Free Libraries' and libraries at resorts, hotels and stores, how does the public library fit into all this?  While the need for an outlet for books and other materials for the public is evident, does the location have to be a public library?

Will the role of the public library as a Community Hub supersede the need to provide physical reading materials? 

What do you think?

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