Maintaining the Integrity of the Public Library Building in the Digital Age
Engle, Alexander J.
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Today’s public library building sits in a peculiar position as media changes from the tactile to the digital. The thesis aims to illustrate the continued importance of the library as a physical place within the community. No longer a place simply to store books, the library has become a place for human interaction, a place for public discourse, and a place for continued education. Far from obsoletion, the public library building will continue to be a crucial place within the community for many years to come. A Mixed Method approach to research will be used, gathering both quantitative and qualitative data, and a concurrent transformative strategy will be employed while collecting this data Documentation of process will be done through the use of photography, sketching, audio/visual recording and any other method found to be useful. This data will be compiled digitally periodically through the semester to show process. The building sits on Harriet Island, to the south of downtown St. Paul. The general public is granted access to the building. However within the immediate vicinity the building serves as a destination for residents of downtown and the Riverview neighborhood. The program includes outdoor gardens, lecture and reading rooms, music rehearsal rooms, digital access spaces as well as an eatery and an outdoor amphitheater.