Libraries of the Digital Age

With the mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library about to undergo renovations, the location will seek “a mix of informal and formal seating, flexible spaces, more outlets and internet capacity, and natural light,” according to Architectural Digest. But there’s more than these amenities at play, as the publication also notes that “smart design is keeping demand for the printed word alive.” In fact, books have been taking on more of an architectural presences in the NYPL branches says Risa Honig, vice president of capital planning. Not everyone is reading on screens—and only 20% of library rentals are e-books. So, thankfully, there will be a place for paper books in libraries and, in fact, it will be a fundamental component to the visual design.