The Lexicon library in Dún Laoghaire: new libraries are about moving from the role of book-lending service to community service

A recent BBC investigation found that 343 UK libraries had closed in the past six years with almost 8,000 jobs being lost in the process and a further(...)

Knowledge economy: dlr LexIcon library – pictured before its books arrived – shows how a modern public library can be a place of exploration, play, performance and creativity. Photograph: Alan Betson

In 2007 the futurologist Richard Watson published a slightly tongue-in-cheek “extinction timeline”, predicting the exact dates on which familiar part(...)