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  • Casey Caplowe

    This is a fun, cool list of ideas. I'm really into the CSA box idea. Even if they didn't bother with delivery.... but if I were to get a monthly email from my local library telling me my new book was there ready for pick up, that would be really cool. Or maybe i'd be willing to pay for the delivery service and it would help raise some funds for the libraries.

  • Joaquina Guevara

    I get depressed at bookstores because I can't afford all the books I want. I get depressed at libraries because I can't keep any of the books I want.

  • michael.margolis

    The California State Library is championing work in this area, and they recently published a Story Map that highlights the different kinds of innovation and new use cases of libraries happening all across the state.

    You can download the Story Map (published under Creative Commons) here

    You read the press release here - and

  • anna.sircova

    a lot of these ideas are implemented in the libraries in Copenhagen, Denmark. libraries are merged with local neighborhoods centres and culture centers. people's kitchen, crocheting meetings, movie screenings, board games evenings, etc..

  • Laura Shields

    I think providing social networks like goodreads and meetup with a physical space is a fantastic idea. How about providing online educational platforms like and with classrooms and meeting spaces too?

    Also, the "fun story about updating what libraries are (and can be)" link doesn't seem to be working, please fix, thanks!

    • Dave Burdick

      Thanks -- I've fixed the link. It should update soon. You're right on physical space for those platforms. To my mind, it's up to the libraries to develop programs around those platforms, as it is with Goodreads, Meetup and whatever else. The meeting rooms already exist, though they could use some sprucing up in a lot of cases.

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      totally agree on the idea of using the library as an educational platform - cue skillshare.

  • elidavis is a social networking similar to GoodReads that has a few library catalog enhancements to make browsing and finding new books more social. It adds tags and comments from the LibraryThing website to a library's catalog for library users to read and use. They have a new service called Book Psychic that works with ratings and similar reads to make recommendations.