I stumbled across this article from the project for public spaces. It is an article discussing making libraries matter in the 21st century.  I think it is a great article that expresses what I feel the new library should embody. I aspire to create a place like this.

‘but they [libraries] still garner respect, praise and even adoration on account of their innovative management and programming–as well as design that supports a multitude of different uses. They are taking on a larger civic role–balancing their traditional needs and operations with outreach to the wider community–thereby contributing to the creation of a physical commons that benefits the public as a whole. If the old model of the library was the inward-focused community “reading room,” the new one is more like a community “front porch.”‘