The Chicago Sun Times Reports public libraries In the Chicago area and nationwide have been following bookstores in going into the coffee shop business.
They say libraries in Joliet, Schaumburg, Gurnee and Batavia now offer patrons a chance to grab a caffeine fix. And cafes are in the works for libraries in Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park, Glendale Heights, Naperville and North Aurora.
"Libraries are recognizing the fact that patrons are doing this at Barnes & Noble and Borders," said Shirley May Byrnes, executive director of the DuPage County Library System, which has 28 public libraries as members. "If they want to keep up and keep their patrons, this is one of the things they have to offer."