William Sieghart is chairman of the panel commissioned by the Departments for Communities and Local Government and Culture, Media and Sport to produce an independent report on England's public library service.
He is now seeking to speak to council leaders across the country about his vision, ahead of his final report to be published at the end of the year.
He is suggesting a “digital network” that would see one library card valid for facilities across the country and he claims would make unconventional locations viable.
Writing in the Local Government Association's magazine, First, said: “It could allow library services to be delivered in non-traditional library buildings such as the local pub and shop. Such provision already exists through organisations such as Pub is The Hub, and this could be extended even further to give greater provision to rural communities.”