Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place
Emma Wood, Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place, Public Library Quarterly, 2020
29 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 18, 2020
The purpose of this article is to anchor public libraries in their conversational history, and to connect the dots between the characteristics of contemporary libraries and the parallel life cycle of the public sphere, opposing the argument that the public library is declining. Public libraries are a rare cross section of the public sphere and third place, satiating community-based and political needs. Framed by the history of libraries as social and intellectual havens, this article explores the motivation of patrons for physical place and discussion, and the importance of the public library as a community symbol and unrestricted space.
Keywords: Library History, Public Libraries, Communication, Third Place
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