Libraries of the Future – Centers of Innovation and Technology

The library is undoubtedly one of the oldest cultural institutions on earth, with a history that spans over 2,000 years when the first library was established in 300 BCE in Alexandria, Egypt.1

For centuries, the library stood firmly as the pillar of knowledge and learning in societies all over the globe. However, since the revolutionary popularization of the internet in the mid-1990s that initiated the Information Age and unprecedented access and sharing of information, public perceptions of the library began to change.

Today, people are more internet-connected than ever, and the debate on the relevance of the library continues. Some claim that the library is an obsolete institution, but libraries everywhere are evolving – changing from storehouses for old books to centers of innovation and technology. Libraries of the Digital Age have become patron-centric, offering high-value digital services and products such as e-books, video streaming, and premium content through apps like PressReader.

Here’s a vision of how libraries of the future may look according to