Pre-Wikipedia there was the encyclopedia.
Pre-Google there was the reference desk.
In the age of the Internet, what’s the future of the local library?
“They will be even more of community spaces than they are today,” said Judith Fields, a professional-in-residence at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, who spent much of her career working at public, academic, government, and corporate libraries. “There will probably be fewer books ... People will meet in the library to do a variety of things. The library is morphing