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"Technology hasn't killed public libraries – it's inspired them to transform and stay relevaant" - repost from The Conversation

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Technology hasn't killed public libraries – it's inspired them to transform and stay relevant The State Library in Victoria illustrates that libraries are so much more than just places that contain books. from shutterstock.com Danielle Wyatt , University of Melbourne and Dale Leorke , University of Tampere In 2017, archaeologists discovered the ruins of the oldest public library in Cologne, Germany. The building may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls, and dates back to the Roman era in the second century. When literacy was restricted to a tiny elite, this library was open to the public. Located in the centre of the city in the marketplace, it sat at the heart of public life. We may romanticise the library filled with ancient books; an institution dedicated to the interior life of the mind. But the Cologne discovery tells us something else. It suggests libraries may have meant something more to cities and their inhabitants than be