The future of libraries is an interesting topic – while some proclaim they are bound for extinction, others are suggesting that the civic monuments of yesteryear can and should be adapted into digitally connected, urban hangouts.

Slate Magazine has put together an interesting little slideshow outlining the history of public libraries in America and how cities across the country are modernizing them in an attempt to rejuvenate their downtowns.

This particular segment seemed to nicely sum things up:

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