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Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age

With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century....

With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century.

Even though it's still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It's earned international attention as one of the top buildings of 2014.

It's been years since a library of this size and importance was built in Canada. And perhaps... it's no wonder. Much of the world's knowledge has moved on to the internet. Books have shed their covers--and even their paper--as they slip onto e-readers.

To speak to why we still need libraries, we hear from architect Morten Schmidt, of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, based in Denmark. They've designed libraries around the world, including the new Halifax Central Library.

We also drop by the Edmonton Public Library's award-winning main branch to speak to Deputy CEO Pilar Martinez.

Take a virtual tour of Halifax Central Library, which opens this fall...

 Want to see more? Here is Pt 2 of the Halifax Central Library Virtual Tour
 Do you still visit your local library? How does the library matter to you?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Mary Lynk.

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