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Urban Planning Department Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Architectural and Art Institute

The article considers the evolution of the public library, the modern functional zones of the library and their importance in the life of society. The international experience of developing public libraries was analyzed. It reveals that the library had turned into a multimedia library under the influence of technology, and later, under the influence of society, turned into a multimedia library center. A four-space model for the functional purpose of the space of the modern library is considered. The model is used to build new libraries, modify existing libraries, and design the interiors of individual library spaces. Studies have found that the model embodies four common goals for the public library: Experience, Empowerment, Engagement and Innovation. A term for defining a «multimedia library center» was proposed

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