Saturday, 29 December 2007

How a library should be

I like libraries, and Salt Lake City public library is awesome. The architecture is amazing, the collection is huge and current, and there are two coffee shops inside. The library won the Library Journal's 2006 library of the year award.

Australian libraries should adopt this approach:
  1. Create beautiful building with room for retail stores.
  2. Provide free underground parking and easy access to public transport for quick drop-off/collection of items.
  3. Charge rent for retail spaces to supplement library funds.

Do it right and libraries could be self-sufficient and still free for the public. Oh, and every library should have a coffee shop!

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