The central focus in the ‘libraries 2040’ project is on the future of public libraries. In most future projections, the principal question is what expectations there are for the future: the probable future. That is the future of extrapolated trends and factual expectations. This project is all about what we ourselves want in a chosen future, a future in which our ideals and dreams also have a fair chance. By 2004, the traditional public libraries will have ceased to exist and new, attractive future libraries will have taken their place. What will they be like? The libraries 2040 project is looking for an answer to this question by initiating seven different libraries of the future. Not by dictating how this should be done, but by giving fantasy and inspiration free rein.