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The next few years may be some of the most challenging, and exciting, that libraries have ever faced.
Ever since humans first invented them some 5,000 years ago, libraries have been repositories of manuscripts and books. The advent of the Internet and the near-certain likelihood that most of the written word will soon be available on electronic, not paper media, raise questions about the role of libraries in our new, connected world.
Does the familiar House-O-Books disappear, replaced by downloaded e-books? Will my grandchildren be reading Curious George Goes to the Hospital.com or the next installment of Harry E. Potter on video screens?