The past 30 years have signaled a period of radical shifts in the definition of the library and its relationship to the community it serves.
These shifts in identity were essentially a survival response to external influences such as the emergence of coffee shops, growth of book stores, evolution of technology and internet, belief “the book is dead”, and funding restrictions. While painful at times, this has led to more interesting and relevant libraries. Throughout this barrage of external influences, one constant has remained: the search for the “Library of the Future.” Germaine to this pursuit has been the desire to “service the public” by providing extensive access to information and a place which welcomes all. Even more impressive has been the increase in the diversity of services, resources and types of spaces. Also library service goals and staff have evolved from a mentality as repository and guardians of information to a partnership in the user learning experience.
As a result, here at QEA we have adjusted our approach in order to plan, design, and build libraries in a manner which allows each generation to provide the best way to service their unique communities now and in the future.