From the recent TIME article, “Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?” by Tim Newcomb
But when books disappear, does a library lose its definition?
“The library is a societal tent pole,” says Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Fifth Witness. “There are a lot of ideas under it. Knock out the pole and the tent comes down.” Connelly says that browsing through physical books brings inspiration of the kind that led him from wandering his campus library’s stacks straight to a writing career. “Can something like that happen in a bookless library? I’m not so sure,” he says.