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Wednesday, December 03, 2003
The library as a gathering place  
"Public libraries, once considered solely as book-lenders, are beginning to supplant town halls, churches and schools as the main gathering place of local communities, say officials from the Vermont Department of Libraries."

From The Battleboro Reformer, Vermont.

Very cool article about the changing role of libraries in the internet age. They're not just about books in a locally-held collection, but can take advantage of interlibrary loan to increase the collection. Access to the internet is an obvious plus, with one library mentioned in this article having the only broadband access in its area. The article also discusses the role of libraries in spurring economic growth.


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