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What is the future of libraries?

Libraries withdraw (either throw out, resale, or recycle) print materials all the time. Many libraries say that these print materials are being replaced by resources on the web or non print resources. But with the rising costs of subscriptions, licensing, legal issues involved with copyright, privacy and what not, how can libraries provide access to all of these types of materials? Are libraries throwing out some of our heritage when withdrawing print materials? Where are libraries heading and how can they navigate the waters of freedom of expression in a digital age, security, public access, or free services.

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    Sep 26 2011: The primary purpose will be public access to the internet unless we socialize that access. There will still be buildings to store these books but it will be more like a warehouse than a library.

    Most forms of physical media will phase out which is why I collect books now.

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