Saturday, July 20, 2024

Looking out from a study room in the Cambridge Main Library as it’s opened to the public in October. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Blogger Martha Nichols has a critical look at the Cambridge Main Library featured at

Called “The Death of the Library Book,” Nichols finds the the city’s glowing, architectural jewel has her wondering: What are libraries for?

She writes:

In a town of bookish big mouths, revamping the main library was political and emotional; a 20-year resident of Cambridge, I remember it well. Local press has since been enthusiastic. But although the old building needed lots of fixing, I’m now reevaluating my own opinion of whether the city should have spent $91 million on this architectural marvel.

Read it all here.