Public Libraries

With over 380,000 around the world, public libraries form a critical foundation of the world’s social infrastructure–spaces and services that welcome all members of society, foster personal exploration and growth, and uplift communities. This research aims to generate new insights and approaches for strengthening the public library’s position as an essential actor in building informed societies and driving community development. Our focus is on digital technologies and opportunities for transformative changes within the library sector. We explore such questions as:

  • How can libraries support cultivating, producing, and sustaining local knowledge?
  • How can libraries leverage combinations of physical and digital spaces to create unique hybrid experiences?
  • How can libraries assist their communities to leverage open data ecosystems?

This research is made possible by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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