A bit old but interesting nonetheless:
The William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, will close its doors to patrons on January 1, 2012. But the library as an information resource is not closing; it is just moving completely online.
The transition, 10 years in the making, is an inevitable acknowledgment of the dwindling use of the 81-year-old library’s 45,000-square-foot building and its 400,000 physical volumes, according to Nancy K. Roderer, the library’s director.
Those wanting assistance from a librarian can still contact the library via email or phone. But the library also has “embedded” librarians since 2005 within different departments at the university, so a patron needing assistance can call upon these “informationists,” who have office hours around the campus.
There are also numerous spaces around the campus where people can study instead of the physical library building, Roderer said.