We see so many depressing stories these days about libraries and library budgets. From Wales to Pennsylvania, every day seems to mark another reduction in service, if not an outright closing of vital community resources as politicians try to balance their budgets.
But all is not so gloomy, and there are still communities that recognize the value of the library and the important role it can play in local culture. It’s always wonderful to see such strong support translate into spectacular new facilities. The best of the new libraries represent both the traditional and the many new things that the library is evolving into.
The Toronto Reference Library recently completed a revitalization project and to celebrate, created the video below by flying a camera equipped drone through the new building. Beyond the expected stacks, you’ll see community space, gallery space, maker space, auditoriums and more.