Posted by: bluesyemre | January 15, 2018

#Libraries as #co-working spaces


In the recent past, there has been a tremendous rise in the number of people living the digital nomad lifestyle. As a result, co-working has become a draw for many budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote employees. This new style of workspace gives individuals, startups, small businesses, and the like the opportunity to have an office environment without high overhead or a long-term lease. Often these spaces are filled with like-minded individuals who can capitalize on the networking and collaboration opportunities that can be had as a “resident” of such a space.

To take advantage of the trend, the co-working market has expanded remarkably, with new spaces popping up every day and established spaces expanding. Most of the big players in the co-working venture, such as ServCorpRegusWeWorkWorkBarDavinciThe Yard, and Cross Campus, are reaping huge profits.

That being said, most burgeoning entrepreneurs and startups are cash-strapped and may not be able to afford the fees for co-working spaces. Nor do they want to spend eight hours sitting in a cafe ordering drinks they cannot afford, just to be polite.

Meanwhile, innovative and enterprising librarians, such as those in the Miami-Dade Public Library System or Spokane, Washington, have identified the gap in the market and are redesigning their libraries to create their own versions of co-working spaces. Coincidentally, this has come at a time when libraries are struggling to remain competitive and relevant in the age of technology.

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