In a recent trip to Madison Wisconsin, His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged that Buddhist centers should not only be places of worship, but should also be a place of study.
From his visit:
“Today, although America is not traditionally a Buddhist country, more and more people are showing an interest in Buddhist philosophy and science of mind, small centres have come up here and there. However, it would be better if they were not only temples for worship, but centres of learning. I have urged people in places in the Himalayan region, like Ladakh, to ensure that even caretakers of temples should have sufficient training to be able to explain to visitors what they can see there. Even small monasteries can function as centres of learning.