As data is being “stored” and “networked” in the digital age, some people question the future of library architecture. Two leading questions are as follows:
Most present-day libraries help to foster a sense of community with an emphasis on learning where people can interact, explore, study and research. However, the library is evolving (as most institutions do) and its future is bound to transform what we know about how libraries operate today.
The library will not become obsolete, but it will evolve.
ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
How architects incorporate design elements like light, materiality or even nature may change, but such essentials will most always be considered as future libraries develop. What we, as architects, should be asking is…
As the “digital” combines with the “networked”, libraries could make deeper levels of information more accessible — transcending the internet. You see, innovative libraries could help individuals discover and learn in ways that go beyond what the internet and social media are providing today.
REDEFINING HOW WE MAKE SENSE OF INFORMATION
Innovative libraries can foster many face-to-face encounters that the internet does not currently provide. Libraries can bring together the best of both worlds — the “everywhere-ness” of the internet plus the “face-to-face-ness” of a community center. In the end, innovative libraries would redefine how visitors study, interact, explore and learn — all key ingredients to what makes a good library design.
The library of tomorrow will take new form, redefining how we all come together to make sense of information that is “everywhere”.
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