The library and information environment is evolving. Information and information resources can be discovered, accessed, and perused from anywhere in the world with only a computer and an Internet connection. Which begs the question: If it is no longer necessary to visit a library in person in order to interact with its holdings, how then is a library to remain open? As a joint-use venture between the San José Public Library (SJPL) and San José State University (SJSU), the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library represents one possible solution. Through creative collaboration, and innovative uses of information technology and building design, the King Library not only effectively serves the population of 30,000 students, staff, and faculty of SJSU and the nearly 1,000,000 residents of the city of San José, but it also has dramatically increased visits and usage. Thus, the King Library serves as a possible model for joint-use libraries.
Image: 8th floor reading room of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, CA. Original photo credit: David Leigh Ellis.