551044 story Can Architects Save Libraries from the Internet? 270 Posted by Zonk on Sunday March 02, 2008 @05:13PM from the it-would-be-kind-of-awesome-to-live-in-a-library dept. theodp writes "Slate has an interesting photo essay exploring the question of how to build a public library in the age of Google, Wikipedia, and Kindle. The grand old reading rooms and stacks of past civic monuments are giving way to a new library-as-urban-hangout concept, as evidenced by Seattle's Starbucks-meets-mega-bookstore central library and Salt Lake City's shop-lined education mall. Without some dramatic changes, The Extinction Timeline predicts libraries will R.I.P. in 2019."