Public Libraries in the Smart City

  • Dale Leorke
  • Danielle Wyatt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dale Leorke, Danielle Wyatt
    Pages 1-12
  3. Dale Leorke, Danielle Wyatt
    Pages 13-55
  4. Dale Leorke, Danielle Wyatt
    Pages 57-94
  5. Dale Leorke, Danielle Wyatt
    Pages 117-122
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 123-135

About this book


This book outlines the various ways in which public libraries have become entangled in visions of the ‘smart city’, where densely networked, ubiquitous connectivity promises urban prosperity built on efficiency, innovation and new avenues for civic participation. Drawing on theoretical analysis and interviews with library professionals, policymakers, and users, it examines the inevitable tensions emerging when a public institution dedicated to universal access to knowledge and a shared public culture intersects with the technology-driven, entrepreneurialist ideals of the smart city.


Community planning Creative cities Cultural infrastructure Digitisation Knowledge economy Public libraries Smart cities Library studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Dale Leorke
    • 1
  • Danielle Wyatt
    • 2
  1. 1.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.University of MelbourneBalaclava, MelbourneAustralia

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