What are the features of an ideal library?

Does your library have it all? I have the wonderful ability to access many public libraries in a radius of 20 minutes or less, and believe me, some of them have “it” and many of them just. do. not. I’d like to build a hybrid library that combines the good I find in the separate buildings to make one big good positive library experience. How does your ideal public library look? Mine would have the following.

Physical space

  • comfortable seating
  • quiet
  • spaces designed for age groups to gather
  • see-through or 4′ high or less shelving for (child) safety
  • free parking


  • automatic reminders about due dates
  • auto-renew
  • free wi-fi
  • free inter-library loans
  • all media can be checked for the same length of time
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