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"Doomsday" for MA Libraries? Not Even Close...

August 6, 2007

With the rise of technology, many predicted that libraries were on their way to extinction. But there was an unexpected plot twist to the library story in Massachusetts, and it turns out they're serving the community more than ever. Over the past ten years, total statewide circulation rose 25 percent. Librarians say interlibrary loans, circulation of audio books, and foot-traffic have all increased dramatically. Barbara Powell, director of the Concord Public Library says the library "doomsday" never came, and she doesn't expect it to.

"The real story is of course that the thing that everybody feared would happen, didn't happen."

Librarians point to one down side -- as library use has gone up, funding has gone down -- so library resources are often stretched thin.

Richard Callaghan, director of the Bedford Free Public Library says technology has become their greatest ally, employing up-to-date services like instant messenging and Facebook.

"You're kind of branching out a little, and it gets people in here for different reasons. I think that's what we have to look at in order to keep ourselves relevant with the public."

Bedford's library also has a public art gallery. The library's print circulation has increased by 50 percent over the last seven years.

Lynda Wills, director of the Winchester Public Library, believes people will always need a place to gather in the community.

"People miss that feeling of community, the idea of belonging, and the public library is that one place in town where everyone is welcome."

Kevin Clay/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MA