It isn’t where it used to be.
The library used to be found in monasteries, and then in aristocratic homes and universities.
If you wanted to read what these books contained then you needed to be a member of these exclusive communities.
Later, the public library democratised access for many.*
Libraries now contain computer terminals, recognising there’s far more information and knowledge available than can be housed on the shelves.
The computer provides a tipping point in a revolution which has been gaining momentum for centuries.
It isn’t in the technology, but in what the technology has been making us aware of and available to us.
We’re realising every Human is an amazing library, able to connect with books, experiences, people, and more, towards creating some wisdom** in the world through our individual ways of crafting ideas, information, and knowledge.
Each person becomes a librarian or curator permissioning others to do something awesome with who they are and what they can lay their hands on.
‘ordinary people like you and me can launch each other. In fact, I wonder if we can launch people better … because we’re ordinary’^
What do you know about yourself? Your values and skills and experience and dreams and love? Whatever the list you come up with there’s more.
How can you make these available as a library to others.
If you’re in Edinburgh on Sunday morning, it would be great to have you share in an experiment of “librariness.”
The library is everywhere, beginning in you.
Be the library.
(*Check out The Library Book for the importance of the public library for many people.
(**Knowledge in action through courage and generosity? How would you describe wisdom?)
(^From Bob Goff’s Love Does.)