Obviously, beauty is relative, but even the hardened non-library user would be softened by this park-side view from the fabulous Malmo City Library — an extensive library bustling with users of all ages. There are numerous sections for younger users and even a secret room lit by sparkling ceiling lights, decorated by bright, painted walls and furnished with floor cushions. Now, not all of us have the space or finances to support such grand buildings, but it does suggest the question: ‘What is a library?’
Is a library the architecture and funky furniture as in Malmo University Library below?
Or is a library more the resources (real and virtual) and the users that use them? The more I visit libraries around the world, I’m beginning to think that libraries are more of the latter — although I can sure appreciate a beautiful setting when I see it.