Posted by: bluesyemre | December 22, 2014

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop #libraries

The interior of the new, redesigned Liverpool public library


  • Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report. Libraries must shed their old-fashioned image and become more like coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and comfy sofas, according to a report into the future of the service. The era of libraries as hushed reading rooms with books as their sole product is over, and in order to survive they must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”. The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year. The report’s underlying message is that a library “does more than simply loan books”.

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