How do public libraries function as meeting places?

TitleHow do public libraries function as meeting places?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAabø, S, Audunson, RA, Vårheim, A
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Pagination16 - 26
AbstractHow are libraries used as meeting places, and by whom? Through survey data, six categories of places are identified: the library as a ''square,'' as a place for meeting diverse people, as a public sphere, as a place for joint activities with friends and colleagues, as a metameeting place, and as a place for virtual meetings. Representative samples of the population in three townships in Oslo, each with a markedly different demographic profile, are surveyed.