The Entire Point of Public Libraries

Lately, Andrew Sullivan is taking an interest in public libraries.

After linking to a trove of letters by E.B. White and others celebrating the opening of a public library, and then to an article reporting the budget shortages that may close the same library, today he linked to a blog post by Seth Godin reflecting on the future of libraries.

One excellent point from an article that is worth a full read:

The next library is filled with so many web terminals there’s always at least one empty. And the people who run this library don’t view the combination of access to data and connections to peers as a sidelight–it’s the entire point.

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