Those of us of a certain generation will remain the stern librarians of our youth. People whose default setting was shoosh....  

Many libraries adapted and modernised years ago but they are an unwilling placeholder for austerity - an easy way to measure the decline in the public state and a reflection of an ageing population - not in paid employment but often providing community services by volunteering in libraries to keep them going.  

Will there be libraries in 2050?  Will people care?  Is there a Brexit dimension?  2019 may give us more clues?