Philadelphia's Free Library Contemplates Future Of Its Flagship Building

Leaders of the Free Library of Philadelphia have asked architects from Moshe Safdie's office to put down their dreaming pencils in pursuit of a design for the long-planned expansion on land just north of the Central Branch. A strained funding climate is one reason for the pause. But as the recession has worn on and patrons have come to expect something different from the library, the role of an expansion in the library of the future is no longer clear. What would a new building actually contain? As patrons increasingly look to the system for job assistance, Internet access, and an after-school safe haven for children, the library's physical manifestation is morphing as the idea of the institution evolves. Find the full story at


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