When we advocate for libraries and entreat patrons to do the same, we are most frequently lobbying for public libraries. After all, university libraries have a captive, needy audience who will perform the same task for them and school libraries have many state mandates. However, even those within the profession often "forget" the special libraries who will, in the future, be called upon to serve more than their immediate patrons. Most prominent among libraries whose role is rapidly expanding are the hospital libraries. We in New York are fortunate to have access to topnotch medical facilities with libraries within their confines servicing their professional staff but with patients' increasing yen for their own medical information and with doctors' reliance on the patient-as-part-of-the-diagnostic-team, hospital libraries will come to provide for more than their immediate professional staff.
Two very interesting views of this are :