To me, public libraries -the availability of free education for all - represent the collective commitment of a community to their future.They symbolize what is most important, a commitment to educating the next generation. Will libraries go away? Will they become hackerspaces, TechShops, tool-lending libraries, and Fab Labs, or have these new, almost-public spaces displaced a new role for libraries? For many of us, books themselves are tools. In the sense that books are tools of knowledge, the library is a repository for tools, so will we add “real tools” for the 21st century?