National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week, CNN asked people to share photos of their favorite libraries from around the world and describe what makes the library special. 


Robert Dawson was also featured for his twenty year project dedicated to photographing American libraries, including the Forest Lodge Library in Cable! Dawson recently published "The Public Library: A photographic Essay" with essays and hundreds of photographs. Toni Morrison writes: "Robert Dawson's work is an irrefutable argument for the preservation of public libraries. His book is profound and heartbreakingly beautiful." Visit NPR to lisiten to an interview of Dawson for the Saturday Weekend Edition.


Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their community, according to findings by the Pew Research Center. 94% of people polled in 2013 said that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community. Despite enduring budget cutbacks and challenges to incorporate modern technology and digital literacy services, there's been an increase in the use of public libraries in the U.S. over the past decade. Libraries are information hotspots; they are places communities can gather; and they provide learning collaboration.