But if the evolution of libraries grows to become an interactive meeting place for cultural events and the exchange of ideas, the preservation and exhibition of archival literary relics could be yet another facet to their importance (and, yes, intrigue). Indeed, old books are not only monetarily valuable, but they are part of cultural, historical memory that mustn’t be lost to digitization.
It’s amazing how easy it has become to forget this basic fact. Digitization is beautiful and wonderful and full of potential — but books still have a vital place in the world. (Even if they don’t in some modern libraries.)