Community libraries are necessary resources for start-ups and other small businesses. This seems obvious - or does it?
|Stephenson Library in Marinette, WI|
But that's not all the library has done for me. I can search an online "card" catalog that includes a large number of libraries through-out the state of Wisconsin. I can request books that I am interesting in and they arrive at my local library when they become available. I can review the books and if it's a great resource, I can purchase my own copy. If it only has a few tidbits of good stuff, I can take some notes and return the book.
Our library has meeting rooms that I can reserve for meeting clients or to gather a group of collaborative partners for a problem solving session.
All of these services are accessible to all of us - no one is turned away!
It's convenient to have so much data available to us through our home or office computers or other devices, but let's face it - getting up from our desks, interacting with other people and finding different ways to access information is energizing.