The Deserted Library

As Students Work Online, Reading Rooms Empty Out -- Leading Some Campuses to Add Starbucks

University libraries bring to mind undergraduates rooting through dusty stacks or sitting in reading rooms with their noses buried in tomes. These days, however, more and more students are entering libraries not through turnstiles but through phone lines and fiber-optic cables.

Take Jennifer L. Howard, an English major at Augusta State University. Now a junior, she managed to get through two years of college -- and onto the honor roll -- without ever borrowing a book from