Scenarios 2025

15. Libraries continue to provide quiet study spaces while accommodating a variety of more active uses

By 2025, communities will come to fully recognize the value of having access to a quiet place for study and reflection. Libraries will capitalize on this traditional strength by creating spaces that minimize conflict between quiet and loud uses of the library. Libraries will also promote the availability of these “places of personal focus” to students, professors, and community members of all types.


Main Points:

  1. Libraries provide space for sitting and reading
  2. This is a unique value that can be marketed
  3. Library buildings are designed to avoid conflict between quiet and loud uses
  4. Space is useful for “students” of all ages (newspaper reading, homework, etc.)



Impact on libraries: 1

Probability: 5

Speed unfolding: Immediate

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