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Coworking, Creating, Doing Business @ your library

About 40% of US workers will be in temp, freelance and self-employed work by 2020. Responding to this need, US public libraries are becoming a new force in coworking. Hundreds of libraries support cowork and mobile work spaces—leveraging tech and social networks, specialized content and staff, and convenient locations, according to the first library study to track these trends.

Open one year, the DC Public Library Dream Lab has attracted 56 members, including MapStory, an online social cartographic platform, to collaborate and use technologies to develop and sustain new ventures. In exchange for free coworking space, each member provides an hour or more of public programming per month related to information technologies—extending the social network and empowering the community in a transformative way. The library also hosts DC Tech-Meetup.

Coworking and small business collaborations are changing libraries and communities as we know them—and building a stronger knowledge economy.


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Larra Clark, Program Director, American Library Association

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