Libraries Staying Relevant

There’s no question about it: libraries worldwide are undergoing drastic changes. In many countries, libraries are in the process of evolving from “warehouses for old books” to vibrant centers of community, providing high value services that go above and beyond the “traditional” library that we know.In the midst of all this change, there is much talk about the efficacy of the library, and whether or not we need them. Naysayers contend that libraries are passé, and are remnants of a society that we’ve outgrown. However, studies show that libraries are still very much in demand, are highly used, and are central to communities everywhere.

A Pew Research study indicated that libraries are, in fact, more relevant than ever. The study showed that Americans were increasingly using the library in 2012, for services other than borrowing books. For instance, libraries reported that 15% of Americans aged 16 and older borrowed magazines and journals, and 14% borrowed newspapers. The library also saw increases in the circulation of e-books and audio books.

Library PressDisplay is the perfect addition to libraries everywhere, providing yet another way for libraries to transition into Digital and reach out further to their patrons. With offline and remote access available, library patrons can access a collection of more than 2,300 full-content, digitally enhanced newspapers and magazines.

For an insightful read about how the library has changed in the eyes of Diana M. Raab, an award winning memoirist, poet and author, click here: