The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper

August 11, 2019

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“But there is another future that these statistics and our nostalgic reaction to them might produce: the research library as a Disneyland of books, with banker’s lamps and never-cracked spines providing the suggestion of, but not the true interaction with, knowledge old and new. As beautiful as those libraries appear—and I, too, find myself unconsciously responding to such surroundings, having grown up studying in them—we should beware the peril of books as glorified wallpaper. The value of books, after all, is what lies beneath their covers, as lovely as those covers may be.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/college-students-arent-checking-out-books/590305/