How the Hunt Library redefined the library for the digital age
Hunt Library’s Digital
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library in North
Carolina, USA, represents the future
of libraries and a true understanding
of how people can thrive in a place
that is built on digital.
We believe that not just libraries, but
all organizations can learn a lot from
the Hunt Library. It makes you
rethink why you are here, what you
want to be and how you fit into a
rapidly changing, digital world.
Besides the digital aspects of the
library, the building looks amazing
and plays a big role in its success.
It was designed by Snøhetta, the same
architects who redesigned the world
famous library of Alexandria (picture).
The first co-working spaces were
made here 2000 years ago.
Philosophers and mathematicians
came together to solve the
problems of their time. We’ve
come a long way, but this
principle has remained the same.
And yet, many people have stopped
visiting or will never even go to
libraries because of the Internet.
Libraries have become associated with
an outdated product in paper books.
The successful libraries of today go back to their co-working
roots, while keeping the digital reality of today in mind.
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Its app guides you around the library,
lets you reserve rooms or equipment,…
It offers a broad range of
technology lending, video and audio
production studios, 3D printers,…
The BookBot, an automated book
delivery system with a two million book
collection saves money, time and space.
Most of its books are also available
digitally, those that aren’t can be
requested for delivery through the
It uses the same platforms as
its audience and encourages
them to co-create the stories
on Social Media.
1. Libraries should look at their
roots and provide digitally
supported co-working spaces.
2. If you want to play a role in the
physical world, you need to think about
how people experience your physical
locations and how they interact with
them through their devices.
3. You may not have the budgets
for highly advanced, expensive
technology, but with a good
business model and information,
you can start small.
Curious for more? Watch the video or visit their website.
The Hunt Library is just one of many
organizations that are prepared for the
digital age. Are you?
Our book on Digital Transformation can
help you to anticipate disruption and
take your future in your own hands.
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