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This week, is National Library Week. 

A time for libraries across the country to remind communities what they can do for people.

But do they still matter?

In Bettendorf, librarians say yes, but it's different than what it was decades before.

"In other ways, it's stayed exactly the same because our goal when I started here 20+ years ago was to help people find information," says Assistant Director of the Bettendorf Library, Maria Levetzow. "What they need, what they want, help them get that.. All that's still the same. That haven't changed a bit."

But what do people still expect out of their library?

Is it still a place to come enjoy a book?

Apparently not for some. 

"I like coming here because it's an easier work environment and it's calm and quiet," says library goes Sean Allen.

Another, Gina Nichols says, "I use the library for Internet mostly. I work from home, I travel in and out of businesses mostly. So, I stop here and hang for a quiet place, research a little bit."

So, if a place to work and technology is what people want, librarians say, that's what the library will give. 

Because it's either that, or fade into history. 

"The conversation about print books being obsolete, and what we are going to do with the library has been happening for almost as long as I've been a librarian," says Levetzow. "For some the new technologies, we have downloadable audio books, magazines, music. All things, you can access from our website and you can download them to your device." 

Making going to the library, as easy as holding your phone. 

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