The academic library online: Is the future of academic libraries a virtual reality?

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Can academic libraries be a place of learning without any physical materials? Gone are the paper journals and book of old, replaced with study carrels, meeting rooms, and wireless access to a vast collection of knowledge residing in expensive databases and online resources. Is it possible to go paperless in a library? Is this happening today? Should it? The answers to these questions and the future role of the academic librarian are addressed in this article. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.