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"How do we make the public library as convenient as Amazon, Netflix? Part of that is putting library branches in the path of customer," says Sari Feldman, president of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. That would explain why, in places like Dallas, TX, and Wichita, KS, are moving into malls and grocery stores. "The American Library Association doesn't have a comprehensive list of how many libraries are in malls or shopping centers but has an informal tally of around two dozen such branches. One of those opened as far back as the 1960s, but the idea seemingly has grown in popularity in the last decade. Some locations are arranged like traditional libraries, while others resemble a bookstore. There's also a handful of libraries with arts centers, museums and even apartment buildings." [AP]