This essay from The Walrus (April 2012) is an interesting read about the future of our libraries. It is especially timely in Toronto where our library workers are on strike.

If we can now find the latest bestseller, classic tale or academic study through a simple search online, what purpose does the library serve?

The premise of the essay is that libraries are changing, and changing for the better. Libraries are focusing more and more on becoming "an anchor of community life." Instead of housing stacks upon stacks of books, libraries are gathering places for people to work, relax and play.

It is like a cultural and more serene community centre that is open and welcoming to all. It will be interesting to see just how libraries adjust to this new changing landscape.

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