Co-locating libraries with other spaces is nothing new, but libraries are increasingly and innovatively locating inside structures built for other purposes, welcoming other organizations into library spaces, or designing dedicated spaces with other organizations. This trend, which we dub Libraries+, is helping to meet challenges in funding and changes in user expectations and demographic trends. Las Vegas-Clark County Library locations house One-Stop Career Centers to connect people with jobs. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s South Philadelphia Literacy Center houses a public library, a pediatric clinic, a community health center, and a modern recreation center with playground and green space. Missoula’s Culture House is bringing together a science museum, Maker Space, children’s museum and library under one roof. Come learn how libraries have creatively partnered with others, working out details of shared use agreements, effectively planning spaces, and offering joint services, transforming the traditional library into a true community center.
ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.