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The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reports that its local libraries are doing unexpectedly well -- so well, in fact, that several libraries will have to build new facilities soon. The article credits the Internet explosion and also touts libraries as a meeting place.
When the library opened in 1992, some residents questioned the need for such a facility. It would go unused, some said.
Eight years later, city officials said they have been \"astounded\" by the thousands of people who have passed through the library\'s glass doors. The library, which officials once thought would last decades, is running out of space to accommodate its many users.
\"It\'s been a surprise for the city,\" said library director Michael Bryan.
(Full disclosure: yes, the libraries mentioned are members of my employer, and boy are we proud.)