Chapter 2

The Four Spaces of the Public Library

Henrik Jochumsen, Dorte Skot-Hansen, and Casper Hvenegaard Rasmussen     The Royal School of Library and Information Science at the University of Copenhagen

Abstract

During the last 10–15 years the societal context and thereby the library's societal legitimacy has changed in a crucial manner. The development of the Internet and tendencies toward globalisation, detraditionalisation and cultural liberation has challenged the library. Therefore the role of the physical library has changed from a more or less passive collection of books and other media to an active space for experience and inspiration and a local meeting point. One could speak of a transformation from ‘collection to connection’ or even ...

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