Advances in information technology have created a vast proliferation of digital resources and the physical spaces of libraries are transforming as a result, altering not only architecture and use configuration but also ideas about what types of places libraries should be. Should a library remove its physical collections completely in favor of digital surrogates to make room for computer terminals and multimedia workstations, or creatively blend select parts of existing collections with the most useful technologies as determined by careful evaluation? This paper examines the ways in which flourishing digital technologies are altering the conceptual sense of place fostered by physical library space.
Image: Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. Photo by Murphy/Jahn Architects and the University of Chicago. Via CollabCubed.