Younger generation returning to the library

Who ever though that libraries were going out of style was wrong…

Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older.

Similarly, younger Americans’ library usage reflect a blend of traditional and technological services. Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and once there they borrow print books and browse the shelves at similar rates. Large majorities of those under age 30 say…Read more 


Library of the future

Libraries sure have changed since our parents started using them…

The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently asked its Facebook followers to give them ten words: five to describe the library of their youth and five to describe the library of the future, 20 years from now. Here are the word clouds they assembled from the results, starting with the libraries of their youth:

If you’re beyond your teenage years, I bet this retrospective word cloud will make sense to you. Now, how about this one, describing libraries of the future:

Surprised? Unless you’ve spent a fair amount of time in libraries recently, you probably are. But it turns out that the library enthusiasts from Columbus are illustrating a lot of what is happening in their hometown library system and in many other libraries around the country, right now.

I visited libraries recently in downtown…Read more

Throwing away the library

When a community comes together for the greater good of the library…

San Francisco ABC channel 7 News covers the story…

FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) — An East Bay library defended its decision to throw away 100,000 books in the trash. Angry residents showed up at a special meeting Monday night to express their outrage over this incident.

A biography on Willie Mays was one of the books pulled out of a library dumpster. The book is only four years old.

The Alameda County library director says…Read more

New library makes a change

How one library changed a community after a natural disaster…

In June 2008 a flood swept through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filling its downtown central library with eight feet of water and damaging the building and materials beyond repair. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, the city rallied to build a new central library.

The design of the new library was guided by three primary ideas: 1) Establish the library as the dynamic center of the city’s urban core; 2) Embrace the transformational shifts…Read More

Are libraries still needed?

In this day and age people do not see the reason for a new library…

In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.

A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

The New York Times reports that “the city’s three public library systems — the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library — are seeking…Read more

Libraries require a quiet refuge

Here is a interesting story on how the library has been used in a time of crisis…

SAN FRANCISCO — Public libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

The couple says they were moved by the “individual acts of heroism” of library staffers who kept the doors open…Read more 

Architects Love To Design Libraries

Here is a great article about library planning.

Learning to Adapt

A new children’s library and learning center in Little Rock, Ark., aims to redefine the library for today’s community needs—which sometimes includes a kitchen

By Steve Cimino

The word “library” brings to mind shelves and shelves of dusty books, with several stray computers off to the side and a tweedy, bespectacled librarian overseeing it all. In 2015, however, the majority of the world’s books are available for download on mobile devices, via Google Books, Project Gutenberg, or some other repository waving the banner of free and open access.

How can a bricks-and-mortar institution like a library survive?

A first step is to expand beyond the written word and focus on…

Read the entire article here: American Institute of Architects