"Libraries are transformative places. By our very nature we offer people a “third place” (not home, not work) where they can come to explore, imagine, think, learn, play, and reflect. Our function as a “third place” has never been more important to our continued health and relevance. If libraries are to survive and thrive we must redouble our efforts and refocus our energies to ensure that we are not only “third places" but destinations of choice."
A short a good read which offers "six things you can do today to enhance your library's status as a true "third place" in your community."
Also of interest and cited by Peter, South Jersey Regional Library's Trading Spaces: Reinventing the Library Environment