Where can you find career counseling, coding camps and Camus? You might be surprised to know that libraries of all kinds are transforming to address the changing information needs of an increasingly digital world.

At your fingertips

According to “Libraries at the Crossroads,” a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than 75 percent of Americans believe that libraries are effective at helping people learn how to use new technologies.

"...you can search your local librarian’s reading recommendations on the library’s app, download the eBook or pick up a copy..."

More than cat memes and Facebook posts, people turn to libraries for help building essential digital literacy skills that enable them to access online resources such as health information, job listings and e-government tools.

New tools

Although print materials continue to have a primary place within collections, libraries are diversifying their offerings to include 3-D printers, eBooks, recording studios and video games that advance education, engagement and digital empowerment. Libraries are transforming into spaces for traditional content consumption with enhanced opportunities for content creation and collaboration.

And, as if new services and resources weren’t reason enough to visit, today’s libraries are increasingly focused on convenience and customer service. This means you can search your local librarian’s reading recommendations on the library’s app, download the eBook or pick up a copy—all with your caramel cappuccino in tow.

As library institutions transform to meet the digital and print needs of their users, they continue to fulfill their role in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technology.