Libraries are dead, long live the Library!

So libraries are so old, we should lose them right? We all buy our books and read on our kindles now yeah?

Yes. But no, we should try to keep our prime location public buildings open.

They’re like a public version of the coffee shop where you don’t need to buy access by chucking lots of caffeine and pastries down your neck to stay.

They are some of the last places in the high street where the public can go, sit, read, access the internet and work away from home. They are a place you can enter just by being a citizen. They maintain a public presence on high street where mostly you’ll find private enterprises.

It’s important they stay a place of peace and quiet, a place to enter for free and a place you can get out the house to work or browse.

Feel free to name them something else, public coffee house, city quiet zone or even put in a public coffee shop in the corner. But the buildings and space on high street should stay. We’re losing a lot of public things, like in Bristol the public toilets, but I think some public space on the high street is important for the future.

St George's Public Library
St George’s Public Library

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Author: Dan Course

Dan Course, E-Learning Development at Warwick University (WMG). Agile Scrum trained and full-stack development. Interested in E-learning, Democracy, Politics and Tech. All thoughts are mine and not of my employer.

1 thought on “Libraries are dead, long live the Library!”

  1. btw. dpc, see updated views in comments, hold onto the space, but are they still entirely relevant? [[http://blueglassboy.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/short-story-the-tale-of-the-mayor-the-cook-and-the-wardrobe/comment-page-1/#comment-51]]

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