Lafayette: How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

From Truth-Out

” More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn’t so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house. ”

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38511-how-libraries-are-boldly-innovating-to-meet-the-needs-of-changing-communities

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