Academic Library as “Third Space”

Are academic libraries the new “Third Space” for students — an area wedged in between living and working with just enough “intellectual vibe” to make them appealing?

That’s part of the argument in this article titled, “College Libraries Not Just Books” that appeared in WaPo a day or two ago.

The focus is Rhodes College (Tenn.) whose new library is described at the “campus living room”. That serves as a starting point for discussing the role of college libraries now that books are no longer our only attraction.

While the terrain may be familiar (cough, information commons, cough), the reporter puts the subject into an interesting perspective.