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How do public libraries function as meeting places?
How are libraries used as meeting places, and by whom? Through survey data, six categories of places are identified: the library as a "square," as a place for meeting diverse people, as a public sphere, as a place for joint ...
Public libraries as public sphere institutions: A comparative study of perceptions of the public library’s role in six European countries
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of public libraries as institutions underpinning a democratic public sphere as reasons legitimizing libraries compared to reasons that are more traditional and the ...
Public libraries as an infrastructure for a sustainable public sphere: A comprehensive review of research
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to examine the shaping of public libraries as an infrastructure for a sustainable public sphere through a comprehensive literature review. Design/methodology/approach: In order to ...