A New Chapter: Research Explores Future of Public Libraries

New research by the Carnegie UK Trust shows that people in Ireland still love their libraries – but there is a gap between the value placed on libraries and levels of use.

The Trust argues that public libraries can’t stand still in a changing world. Library A New Chapterservices and buildings need to respond to the challenges and opportunities of reduced public spending, the digital age, and changes in lifestyles.

Library services must develop according to the requirements of communities and library buildings continue to be important as neutral community spaces. The Trust argues however, that the future of the library service and the library buildings themselves should be considered separately.   

The discussion paper A New Chapter – public library services in the 21st century sets out the main questions which the Trust believes need to be answered in order to move towards a public library service fit for the 21st century.

A full report and factsheets for each country are also available to download from the Carnegie UK Trust’s website here .