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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Library Of The Future?

Is this what the library of the future will look like: ie no books? The photo in fact comes from the computer lab at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (courtesy of the NYT). As the Times points out this trend is currently only really evident in undergraduate libraries, but with more and more material becoming available online, and bookreading amongst young people declining, it isn't clear that the future won't look like this.

Curiously, the Times mentions reference books as the only ones being retained, and yet these are the among the most readily available and useable items online.

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