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The Library of the Future

September 20, 2016

Whether it be “borrowing” others sensory experiences or manipulating DNA, the Library of Experiences may be around the corner.

A recent article suggests that in fifty years libraries will become “all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing.” A person could “relive” another’s real life or potentially fictional experiences through a recording of all their senses. (Anyone remember the movies Dreamscape or Total Recall?)  And just as Makerspaces are increasingly a part of Library facilities (the Tom Green County Library is currently developing one, and the University of North Texas Library operates The Factory), a future library Makerspace could include facilities for genetic engineering with open source parts.