Libraries Where Life Happens


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  • Title: Libraries Where Life Happens : Nontraditional Settings for Libraries
  • Author(s): Kathryn Elizabeth Boudreau-Henry
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Information, Medium & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Book
  • Keywords: Public Libraries, ebooks, Information Literacy, Library Construction, Linebaugh Public Library, Patterson Park Community Center, Hobgood Elementary School, Bradley Academy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 1447-9516 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1447-9567 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Boudreau-Henry, Kathryn Elizabeth. 2016. "Libraries Where Life Happens : Nontraditional Settings for Libraries." The International Journal of the Book 14 (4): 1-10. doi:10.18848/1447-9516/CGP/v14i04/1-10.
  • Extent: 10 pages


Libraries are occupying spaces that are no longer dedicated solely as book repositories with stacks, reference services, and story times. Starting with an examination of how libraries are coping with digital and virtual competitors, this article presents two explorations of expansions of the Linebaugh Public Library in Rutherford Country, Tennessee (Murfreesboro) to nontraditional sites. One library is sited in a recreational center with computers in the main room and books in the backroom; the other is a new building located on the grounds of an elementary school that contains no books at all, only e-books with computers throughout. These moves provide a model for initiating such a venture in other public library systems. The role of the librarian in these new spaces is included. The primary investigator will use the history of the library, the minutes of board meetings, interviews with library personnel, study of the spaces, and review of the literature to document the process that led to the changes. Patron observations and interviews will be used to document the use of the facility that is already in place (in the recreational center).