Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place

Emma Wood, Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place, Public Library Quarterly, 2020

DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2020.1737491

29 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2020

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Emma Wood

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: March 18, 2020

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to anchor public libraries in their conversational history, and to connect the dots between the characteristics of contemporary libraries and the parallel life cycle of the public sphere, opposing the argument that the public library is declining. Public libraries are a rare cross section of the public sphere and third place, satiating community-based and political needs. Framed by the history of libraries as social and intellectual havens, this article explores the motivation of patrons for physical place and discussion, and the importance of the public library as a community symbol and unrestricted space.

Keywords: Library History, Public Libraries, Communication, Third Place

Suggested Citation

Wood, Emma, Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place (March 18, 2020). Emma Wood, Libraries Full Circle: The Cross Section of Community, the Public Sphere, and Third Place, Public Library Quarterly, 2020, DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2020.1737491, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3556605

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