多塞特理事會正在研究 "家庭中心 "的概念，在那裡，圖書館成為由衛生和社會服務部門管理的多功能場所。
Libraries in Dorset could become places of work or somewhere to seek advice, as well as a venue to borrow books.
The latest round of consultation on the future of Dorset's libraries accepts they need to be about more than just books, according to a report.
Dorset Council is looking at the concept of "family hubs" where libraries become multi-purpose venues run by health and social services.
The 145-page review found that since 2016 the physical use of libraries had declined by up to 30%, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS).
However, it found the use of e-books and audio books had risen by more than 350% since the pandemic.
Report author Liz Crocker said: "We have seen new trends in accessing content, events and activities online and although people are returning to preferred in-person activities and events, we remain aware the online library requirement must be embedded in our future thinking."
The report also found people wanted libraries to offer more than books, to become places for people to meet, work, collaborate and receive advice and information on physical and mental health and wellbeing, LDRS said.
"More importantly, the process revealed the willingness and appetite of council and community services to work more closely with the library service to achieve shared priorities and meet community needs in the future."
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