Libraries have been an enormous resource for many communities for decades that goes far beyond a place to read books. They have served as shelters, a refuge for some (during off hours), as well as maintaining historical records. During the pandemic, the library community started to rethink the overall design and architecture of the buildings. With the space being used as more than just a place for books, it was essential to have a design that was better suited for that.
Libraries can see many different walks of life, and some of those individuals use the library as a necessity. Those who are unable to get access to the internet or have the means to purchase books for their education have come to libraries to help them with those needs. For others, it may be a place to apply to a job or find resources they would not otherwise have.
Over time, libraries have evolved with their purpose. Some have started incorporating new ways to include the community, like special classes or workshops. With these changes, libraries have designed multi-functional spaces that are vibrant and inviting. We expect to see these changes continue in libraries as their value remains high for many communities.