Will Libraries Outlive Books?

New America Foundation
Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Despite their reputation for dusty book jackets and silence, libraries aren’t simply repositories of the already read—they offer gathering places and community resources, and even serve as battlegrounds for civil liberties battles. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to imagine the library’s role in a world in which everyone can carry Google with them at all times.

Join Future Tense in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 as we explore some of the most important questions facing libraries: Are physical libraries still necessary in a digital age? How should they serve communities glued to smartphones and tablets? And how can they prepare themselves for tomorrow without losing their souls today?

Follow the discussion online using #FutureOfLibraries and follow us @FutureTenseNow.


Miguel Figueroa
Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association

Deborah Jacobs
Director of the Global Libraries Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Elizabeth Merritt
Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Association of Museums

James O'Donnell
University Librarian at Arizona State University

Justin Peters
Writer at Slate

Richard Reyes-Gavilan
Executive Director of D.C. Public Library

Jesse Sheidlower