Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library from a dusty book warehouse to a community hub for the digital age. At almost triple the size of the original, the library will provide a 300-seat performance space to support the city’s burgeoning arts scene; two cafes - including one overlooking the scenic harbour; gaming stations; e-book services, two music studios where people can bring instruments to the library and play, record, and burn a CD; a dedicated space for adult literacy; a First Nations reading circle; a boardroom for local entrepreneurs; and space for arts and culture based seminars. No longer a place where people are shushed, this library is being billed as th...

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