When the technological era ushered in the computer age, she said, everyone thought libraries were dead, but it never happened. Libraries have been more in use in current decades than ever before, she said, and during the recent recession, people used libraries for everything from job searches and resume development, to retraining and job applications.
“In the state of Massachusetts, someone sits down at a library computer every six minutes,” Cluggish said. “And more people visit libraries in Massachusetts every year than the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics combined.”
The new library is slated to open in the fall of 2015.