Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?

We've been hearing about it for years, but the bookless library has finally arrived, making a beachhead on college campuses. At Drexel University's new Library Learning Terrace, which opened just last month, there is nary a bound volume, just rows of computers and plenty of seating offering access to the Philadelphia university's 170 million electronic items. Scott Erdy, designer of the new library, says open, flexible space — the furniture is movable and the walls act as one giant whiteboard — allows student and staff "knowledge transfer," a concept reinforced by Danuta Nitecki, dean of Drexel's libraries. "We don't just house books, we house learning," she says.

3 comments:

Belle said...

Ugh. That is not a library. That's just depressing.

earthprime2 said...

Not a library. Just sad that it has come to this.

Key said...

Well, technically, with access to the Internet there's access to digital books, which are considered actual books, right?
Anyway... even though I totally support the "save the trees" stuff, a library with no paper books is still awful.