Book Review From The Stacks: The New Downtown Library

Author: Shannon Mattern (University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

“The legitimacy of the library is in question”  

— Rem Koolhaas during the design of the Seattle Central Library in 1999 (paraphrased).

In the digital age, the legitimacy of the library is in question.  The definition of the library’s function in society is increasingly complex.  Libraries have always been places of learning, but they are also synonymous with books and physical media.   In a time where it is possible...

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