Irvine: Would you spend $200 million on a library? It buys more than books

from the Orange County Register

“There’s this word that librarians are using a lot these days. And it’s not ‘shush.’ More and more, public libraries are being referred to as ‘hubs.’ They attract people in their communities for reasons that go beyond a book on a shelf. A hub is the kind of place Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has in mind when he suggests his city should build a library at the Great Park – at a cost estimated at around $200 million.”