Why Public Libraries Matter

For starters, they are no longer limited by physical boundaries. I use my local library, but it isn’t very big. It’s part of a regional network of libraries, which helps for borrowing books, but for academic articles, which I sometimes need, I’m pretty much out of luck. Only I’m not, as I learned from this piece on public libraries by Hiawatha Bray in the Boston Globe. I’m kicking myself a bit, because I never thought to look into Boston’s public library when I needed access to certain kinds of research. I will now.

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