Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Christopher Nagle

Second Advisor

Sue Ellen Christian


Libraries have been a part of civilization for thousands of years, but many people are beginning to believe that the information centers are becoming obsolete due to the Internet and other technological advancements. This thesis challenges that opinion by focusing on the past, present and future of libraries. In “The Past” section, the historical background of libraries is discussed, beginning with the first libraries in Greece during the fourth century B.C. to the first public library that opened in the United States, which was located in Peterborough, New Hampshire. During the portion of the thesis that discusses the challenges that libraries are faced with today, budget cuts, the changing role of librarians and the impact that libraries have upon children are researched. In terms of the present day and how libraries are remaining relevant, the facilities are incorporating more technological components in order to meet the public’s needs, offering eBooks to patrons and creating more casual atmospheres for visitors to enjoy. This thesis provides a rebuttal to the argument that libraries are no longer necessary and shows that they still play a key role in today’s society.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access