In the age of the globalisation of everything – and the privatisation of everything else – libraries can and must change.
The reading room at the State Library of Victoria. Image via Shutterstock.
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There is a chapter towards the end of Stuart Kells’s The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, in which the author envisions the library of the future as one in which “dreary hordes of students” stare mindlessly at “computers and reading machines”, ignorant of the more refined pleasures of paper and ink, vellum and leather.