Libraries are evolving to meet the changing needs of the cities they serve, in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer. Future of Libraries examines the key trends that are influencing the transformation of libraries in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer.
The increasing movement of people into urban areas has resulted in governments investing more resources in the construction of resilient cities. In this context, the role of libraries in helping to catalyse community cohesion and wellbeing is more vital than ever. Libraries are evolving into hubs for education, health, entertainment and work. They are becoming strategic city assets, designed to stimulate cultural exchange and economic prosperity, as well as nurture new community foundations and connections. The key function of libraries, to support lifetime learning and build stronger communities, aligns closely with Arup’s own drive to deliver a social purpose in its building, planning and consulting work.