Episode #17

The Future of Libraries

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Despite the growth of e-readers and digital technology, New Yorkers are spending more time in libraries than ever.

That's according to a new report out today from the Center for an Urban Future about the changing role of our city’s public libraries in the digital age.

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi delves into the topic and finds the contemporary library is about more than just digitizing documents and lending e-books to patrons on their Kindles and iPads.

The Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library are even undergoing renovations of their physical buildings that will help them better cater to a 21st century clientele. 

Plus, a visit to the New York Public Library Labs: a small department where developers and designers work closely with the library’s curators to turn documents, like maps and menus, into a new kind of searchable collection for the internet.


Ben Vershbow

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Stan Alcorn

New Report on Libraries Transforming in the Digital Age

E-books have not spelled the demise of the local library in New York. In fact, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future, 40.5 million people visited the city’s public libraries, more than all of the city’s professional sports teams and major cultural institutions combined.

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Chelsea Gets the City's Largest Free Public Wi-Fi Network

Parts of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District are now the largest outdoor public Wi-Fi zone in the city thanks to Google and the Chelsea Improvement Company. 

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My 14 month old son and I are avid members of the Brooklyn Public Library. We participate in the programs for both he and I (like PowerUp and Storytime). I feel like the modern changes are a good thing and I am excited to see the new developments!

Jan. 09 2013 10:53 AM
katie from manhattan

...that's not a picture of the dekalb library in bushwick!

Jan. 08 2013 02:28 PM

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