The future of public libraries: risks and opportunities

The article draws on an analysis of various socio-economic factors, in particular the evolving relationship between public and private, the crisis of the welfare state, and far-reaching changes to commodities and services in the knowledge economy with the advent of internet and web 2.0 to study the future risks and opportunities faced by public libraries. It describes an extremely complex situation with many uncertainties for the future of libraries that face issues that they are often unable to resolve.