A comparison of three contemporary libraries – Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts at Yale; Sendai Mediatheque in Japan; Seattle Central Library in Oregon. With Beinecke as the touchstone, a study of how the contemporary library incorporates a traditional book library and expands to include any/all other media and a community’s desires and expectations of the role of their library. Intended to elicit further discussion and study of how modern libraries serve us architecturally.