The future of the public library is under attack

“Canadian public libraries are moving to a community-development model to give their most vulnerable patrons access to life-changing and life-saving services in what’s being called the third generation of public libraries. Across Canada, libraries are at the frontlines for the homeless; they are the sites for social work amid mental health crises and the opioid epidemic, while others are decolonizing their spaces for marginalized patrons as Canada moves towards reconciliation. This is the future of the public library — but the institution itself is under attack.”

Olivia Robinson – Rabble – August 2019

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