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The traditional concept of a library has been rendered obsolescent by the unprecedented confluence of the Internet, changes in scholarly publication models, increasing alliances between the humanities and the sciences, and the rise of large-scale digital library projects. Such rapid and overwhelming changes to a millennia-old tradition pose significant challenges not only to university research libraries but also to every citizen. More information has been produced in the last several years than in the entire previous history of humanity, and most of this has been in digital format. Libraries are not storage places any more; they are less and less a place. If the traditional library is undergoing a profound metamorphosis, it is not clear what new model will take its place. The critical issues now include: How can information be efficiently accessed and used? How do we extract knowledge from such an abundance of often poorly organized information? How might enormous digital resources affect our concept of identity, our privacy, and the way we conduct business in the new century? Insight from many disciplines and perspectives is requisite to begin to understand this phenomenon and to identify ways to help chart a future course. The De Lange Conference on Emerging Libraries will examine the transformations that libraries are undergoing.