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University library redesign — shaping the future of research and learning

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English: The main reading room of Graz University Library (19th century) on 2 Sep 2003. (Photo by Dr. Marcus Gossler)

Is the university library going the way of the dodo? As with all things, change is a given, and today’s modern technologies have been impacting the way higher education conducts its learning and research. But that doesn’t mean that libraries will cease to exist. As the concept of the university library undergoes a redesign, what can students and professors expect? Read more

Book lovers, are you ready to celebrate Library Lovers Month?

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With technology providing many of us with easy research tools and downloadable books, we may not visit our local library as often as we used to. This month, though, you have the perfect excuse to get reacquainted with an old friend. Yes, it’s Library Lovers Month. Book lovers, take a moment to celebrate! Stop by your local or campus library, appreciate the resources it has to offer and check out some library books (pun intended).

Libraries have been around for centuries, but those in the United States date back to the 18th century when Benjamin Franklin provided the first social library, and William Rand opened the first circulating library. It wasn’t until the 19th century, though, that Horace Mann pushed for libraries in schools. Compiled together, this library history evolved into the structures we know and love today. Read more