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What's a Library?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.08.2013 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

I live across the street from a library, or at least what used to be a library. The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street. Today, it is a big hole in the ground.

Possibly the One Thing Almost All Americans Agree On: Libraries (in the Digital Age)

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.03.2013 | Books
Impatient Optimists

Pew found that 91 percent of Americans (16 or older) say that public libraries are important to their communities, and 76 percent say libraries are important to them and their families. I can't think of another idea, place, or issue that 91 percent of Americans support.

Pole Dancing In The Library?!

Posted 01.18.2013 | Books

Pole-dancing classes at the library? That's apparently what one public library in Scotland is offering as a way of getting more readers through its do...

Public Libraries -- Then and Now

Diana M. Raab | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

The little laminated library card was my first license into freedom, and a reminder that no matter what happens in my little world or the world-at-large, knowledge cannot ever be taken away.

Building Rural Libraries Close to Heaven

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Adam Pervez

How do you bring the world to a remote Andean village? More than the world, how do you give kids in your birth village access to knowledge beyond the school curriculum and local folklore?

John Celock

Tea Party Sympathizers Target Kentucky Library

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

A group of Tea Party sympathizers in Pulaski County, Ky., is trying to shut down the county library system's special taxing district over a tax hike, ...

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Patricia Martin

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose.

The Library Voice is Dead

Eva Glettner | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Since the library doesn't have any rules against children running wild, that would be okay, right? No. It wouldn't.

Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into Chic New Library

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

For McAllen, Texas, one man's abandoned Walmart is another's public library. After inheriting the abandoned structure, architecture firm Meyer, Sc...

How the Little Free Library Is Reinventing the Library

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.21.2012 | Books
Russell C. Smith

What if the library was scattered all around a city, instead of in one central location and in a handful of branches spread out around neighborhoods?

Making One Big Summer Night

Matthew K. Poland | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Matthew K. Poland

Hartford Public Library and all public libraries are on a similar quest to engage and enlighten the public. You see, it's all about understanding what's possible and having the right tools to realize your dreams.

The Biggest Threat To The Public Library

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 07.25.2012 | Books
Christian Zabriskie

Google has not killed the library and ebooks won't do it either. The biggest threat to the public library in American culture is limited hours.

A Place to Eat, a Place to Learn

Jesse Seaver | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

We all need a place to eat, and we all need a place to learn. The more support we have in these two areas when we are young, the better our chances of not growing up to be hungry adults. For most children, the primary environment in which they eat and learn is school.

Top 10 Public Libraries of the New Age

Adel Zakout | Posted 04.23.2012 | Arts
Adel Zakout

As a child in school, I had a real passion for reading. Once I started a book, you couldn't pry it out of my hands if you tried; I would spend countle...

Library Head Resigns As Battle Over Layoffs, Hours Continues

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

The woman at the helm of the Chicago Public Library system for the past 18 years has resigned from her post in the midst of ongoing disputes over staf...

Libraries, Sexual Content and the Internet: Striking a Balance Between Rights, Access, And Comfort

Barbara Jones | Posted 03.26.2012 | Books
Barbara Jones

Recent sensational media reports about "porn in libraries" do not reflect the reality of library services today or promote meaningful dialogue in our communities. Libraries provide professional services and access to information for their entire community.

Libraries: Are They Obsolete?

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education
Ramon Resa, MD

As time goes by, and our reliance on electronic gadgets increases, there will be less funding provided for our beloved brick-and-mortar establishments. We must never let this happen.

Paul Needham

Public Libraries: More Than Just Books

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Needham | Posted 01.07.2012 | Books

This is the third installment in our series 'Libraries in Crisis.' The opening piece, about how cuts threaten the public library, can be read here. Fo...

Time To End Silence In Public Libraries?

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books

As public libraries continue their quest to stay relevant in the wake of cuts to their funding and decreased popularity, some are greatly altering the...

Gregory Beyer

The Future Of New York's Libraries

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

This article is part of our ongoing series on Libraries In Crisis. On a recent afternoon Anthony W. Marx walked slowly around a bank of computers a...

Why Libraries Matter

Molly Raphael | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
Molly Raphael

Libraries provide an anchor of stability for millions of Americans tightening their financial belts during these tough economic times. As our nation - indeed the world - struggles to emerge from this economic crisis, we cannot afford to close the books on libraries.

How Will We Read: In Public Libraries?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Libraries across the United States need our help as they are being closed or having significant cuts made to their budgets.

Lucas Kavner

Can The American Library Survive?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Books

This is part of our new ongoing series, Libraries in Crisis. To read more about the series, click here. At the Gilpin County Public Library in Colo...

Why It's Time To Speak Up For Libraries

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Andrew Losowsky

If information is power, then public libraries are the essence of democracy and freedom. Yet they are under threat from a litany of cuts.

Librarians To Mayor Emanuel: 'We Shall Not be Shushed!'

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

More than 100 city librarians, community members and other Chicago Public Library supporters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in City Hall...