For Making the Most of College, It's Still Location, Location, Location

For Making the Most of College, It's Still Location, Location, Location 1

Matt Roth for The Chronicle

The library, like this one at Goucher College, is said to be one of the few places where people go to be alone in public.

In late December, a set of articles and essays in The New York Times focused on the public library as a place, and on the changing meaning of that place with the rise of electronic books and the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders.

As librarians "struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age," said the lead article, their libraries are "reinventing themselves as vibrant town squares, showcasing the latest best sellers,