Libraries were created because books were so expensive and difficult to obtain for the average person.
But with the Internet making information instantly available, libraries are evolving beyond their traditional role, said Brian Harding, Greater Sudbury Public Library's manager of library and heritage resources.
Technology is much the same as books used to be — some people can afford it, but many others can't, he said.
Four community leaders came together Tuesday at a chamber of commerce event to share their thoughts on what makes Sudbury an attractive place to live and what will enhance its culture and economy going forward.
Sean Murray, head of pediatrics at Health Sciences North, said his dream is to create a freestanding medical facility for children in Sudbury.