"MONTREAL - It's a sunny fall afternoon — likely one of the last warm days this year — yet Montreal's largest library is buzzing.The Grande Bibliotheque's rows of sofa chairs and sleek desks are packed with people tapping on laptops, flipping..."
"Despite the rise of smart phones and ebook readers, many Canadian libraries are busier than ever.
And the renaissance may be due in part to the very technology that was expected to threaten their existence.
Across the country, library usage is up 45 per cent over the past decade, from 16.6 to 24.1 transactions on average per capita, according to a recent report prepared by Lumos Research for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.
Much of that growth has been driven by digital information.
The use of electronic databases more than doubled, and Internet visits to library websites and catalogues grew five-fold in the period, according to the report."