The library, generically as an institution, is a pretty fascinating programmatically. It is, of course a collection of media, a site for research and expert consultation. However, as media is rapidly changing definition and emphasis, so is the role of the library. Another aspect that has become particularly visible during the recession is the way that the library has become a sort of default community space. Librarians often have unofficial roles as social workers and the public facilities are used by those that have no other access in the overwhelmingly private space of the city. This is of course not to mention that the lending and sharing practice of a library is an inherent criticism of property ownership.
The image above shows OMA’s Seattle Public Library, which is probably the most iconic example of a library challenging and redefining its conventions.