Beyond books – the cultural life of libraries Print Email Email to a friend Your email Your name Friend's email Friend's name Verification Please prove your humanity Go on prove it :) Close Related Articles ICYMI: A wrap of this week’s arts news From Queen's Honours to new cultural precincts in Tassie and conferences and festivals announced, it was a busy but short week for arts news. MUP appoints Nathan Hollier as CEO Nathan Hollier moves from Monash to take the reins at Melbourne University Press. How libraries became tourism hotspots Globally, libraries have been adapting. Professor Stuart Kells takes a tour of the world's best and discovers why they are still vital. Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 From high-profile actors and established producers to community champions of music and dance, members of the creative industries have been recognised for their contributions to Australian culture. (Premium content) Premium content Lisa Dempster Tuesday 21 May, 2019 Quietly public libraries have been evolving from books to focus on what they can offer their communities, argues Lisa Dempster. This content is only available to members of ArtsHub Join Now for instant access! A subscription to ArtsHub will enable you to: Access the most comprehensive jobs board for the arts sector, with hundreds of positions posted weekly Keep up to date with the latest industry news Access thousands of members-only features, articles and guides Be in the know with upcoming events and exhibitions added daily Learn how and where to get grants, with the most extensive grant finder ... and much, much more. Join Now and join the Australian arts community today All suited up for Yarra Plenty Library's Comic Con. Image Supplied. Member login Email address Password Forgot password? About the author Lisa Dempster is the Executive Manager of Public Participation at Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Previously she has led the Melbourne Writers Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne, Emerging Writers’ Festival and Digital Writers’ Festivals. In 2012 Lisa curated ‘Future Bookshop’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, and undertook an Asialink residency with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.