Based on a paper given at the UKSG seminar 'The radical library: taking up the challenge', London, 13 November 2003
The article offers a perspective on the radical library and is based on the papers delivered at the UKSG seminar 'The radical library: taking up the challenge'. The three basic functions of the library - location, collections and services - are discussed and developed on in the light of the seminar presentations. New challenges and opportunities are confronting libraries, particularly as networked information access and delivery impact on both teaching and research. In addition, the changing nature of UK higher education means that libraries and librarians need to adapt to the new demands of users, many of whom no longer want the services that libraries have traditionally provided.