Today's Ottawa Citizen has an editorial discussing libraries and the current state of the economy.
What does all this mean to Ottawa?
Our libraries, too, are newly relevant during the current economic downturn. For some, they represent a warm, interesting place to wait for a ride during the long, frigid transit strike, or to avoid the isolation of winter. For others, they offer a wealth of reading material that fits into a tightened budget, or a way into the world of electronic research and entertainment. And Ottawa residents are increasingly using library resources, through the web, from the comfort of their homes.
But Ottawa could do better.
The city badly requires a showcase for its library system. Ottawa desperately needs to replace the unsuitable downtown library with a building as vital as the system it represents.