Three Perspectives on Libraries as Public Space

Leckie, Gloria J.
December 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 6, p233
The article presents three perspectives on libraries as public space. It states that public libraries have always been public spaces, created and maintained for the use and edification of their particular communities. With rapid urbanization and suburban growth, explosive increases in the number of highways and cars and a surge in consumption promoted by the rise of shopping malls and mass media, kinds of spaces in which the public conducted daily life were irrevocably altered. The idea that the library was a vital public space became lost in the collective shuffle.


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