#public libraries

Public Library Collection Development Secrets, Revealed

Behold: The mystery of public library collection development, finally revealed in all of its grandeur and majesty. Leave your classics at home.

5 Ways You Can Support Your Local Public Library

Whether you're in the UK or elsewhere, there are actionable things you can do to help support your local public library.

How Libraries Help People In Cold Weather

When libraries help people in cold weather, they become a critical service for teens, the elderly, and unsheltered people.

How Libraries Are Dealing With Bedbugs

Bedbugs in public libraries are becoming routine. Luckily, there are a few things that librarians can do to stop them...starting with preparation.

The Economic Case for Supporting Libraries

Libraries do so much for so many, but what about the economic evidence of these benefits? Learn about the return on investment of libraries.

Some Observations From Library Tourism

Having visited 112 libraries in six different countries and many different settings, one reader has a few observations of note.

How To Be A Good Library Patron

Libraries as Community Spaces: an Academic and a Personal Perspective

Public libraries have long been viewed as vital community spaces. But what does that really mean?

18 Weird Things You Can Borrow From Your Local Library

Skeletons, prom dresses, dogs, and dulcimers -- these are just some of the weird things you could check out from your local library.

Authors’ Love Letters to Public Libraries

Authors write love letters to public libraries as part of a public library's 10th birthday celebration in Nova Scotia Canada.

Library Late Fines Are Not Helping Anyone

There are better ways to encourage patrons to return items on time.

Seeing the Library as a Geographer Would

On the complex layers of the spaces in a public library.

Public Libraries: A Love Letter

A Rioter reflects on five years of researching public libraries and what they mean to her.

Public Library Book Displays, Diversity, and Responsibility

Creating book displays at public libraries: a seemingly mundane task that is actually quite a responsibility.

Coffee Cups and Time Capsules: Cool Things in Public Libraries

Awesome programs and extras found in public libraries.