Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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Williams, Patrick

Committee Member/Reader

Hare, Laurence

Committee Member/Second Reader

Brewer, Dennis

Committee Member/Third Reader

Clay, Matt


Public libraries are a staple American institution, and one that was created to adapt and react to its surrounding communities. Public libraries are unique in their ability to anticipate and fill a community’s needs, as evidenced by their constant evolution to remain relevant and provide up- to-date services to all users. To highlight this evolution, librarians from both the Fulton County Public Library System in Atlanta, GA and the Enoch Pratt Free Library system were interviewed to gauge what the library’s role is in a modern world, in a world newly ravaged by COVID-19, and how that role has evolved and is evolving. Perhaps the most common theme throughout the interviews is that the library is working to shift from providing information to providing resources. In addition to books, libraries also provide access to the internet, digital literacy classes, mobile WIFI hotspots, and a variety of other programs and services. When COVID-19 made a virtual world a necessity, libraries stepped in and helped even the field. Because of the high adaptability of libraries, as illustrated through the swift changes to adjust to life with COVID-19 and in other evolutions in library history, libraries have proved that they are not going away: if anything, they are becoming all the more relevant.


public libraries, libraries, Atlanta, Baltimore, community resources, COVID-19