The Public Library of 2027
Prateek Vasisht

I enjoyed this story, but felt that the writer left out a very detrimental aspect of current library culture. Yes, libraries have become more a central meeting place to share ideas. Unfortunately, in their quest to make libraries more accessible, library managers have completely forsaken those of use that go the the library to quietly “study” and “learn.” If you want to read in a quiet library atmosphere these days, you are relegated to a small, corner “quiet room.” Furthermore, the ubiquitous mobile phone has caused otherwise polite people to become rude, insensitive clods that don’t have the courtesy to step outside to take a phone call.

In my humble opinion, future library architecture needs to accommodate both the talkers and the “quiet “learners” by separating the two groups in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

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