The Future Of Public Libraries
With easy access to information via the Internet and the rise of ebooks will the purpose of libraries change?
The importance of public libraries as bastions of knowledge housed in convenient, accessible locations, is waning. With the instant access to the largest database to ever exist at our fingertips from home, there's less reason to travel to a separate physical location. Not only that, but with the speeding trend of book digitization and E-readers, the notion of a warehouse sized space containing physical copies could one day seem antiquated. Not to mention publishers putting limits on E-book circulation at libraries. One of the primary uses for libraries in this day and age, it seems, is for free Internet access. Libraries have become a place for those who need to get out of their homes or just don't have their own Internet access to laptop-squat without distraction.