Do we still need libraries?
I was thing of writing a hub about our current Internet age and whether or not we still need libraries.
Libraries are still necessary--don't forget that libraries are about information equality and one of the purposes they serve today is providing internet access to those who can't otherwise gain access.
They really are changing with the the times and proving CD, DVD, even video game borrowing (in some cases renting) as well as book and eBooks.
My local library just invested in a major addition to their computer center and improved WiFi access.
If you have not visited your local library recently I would really encourage it to see what they now have to offer--if your area is undeserved consider going to a larger city library to check it out.
Yes, I believe we do. I just moved from the Central Florida area, and the public library in Winter Haven, FL offered so many services that it was visited by many everyday. In fact, some people were daily visitors, including myself for a period of time. Most libraries now offer free Internet and/WiFi access. Furthermore, some libraries also have used book stores to help keep them funded. The used books come from people donating unwanted books. Also, some have coffee shops close by. One could spend the whole day at the library. So, yes, libraries are still very much an important aspect and resource to any community.
Yes - we do need our public libraries. The wealth of information for reference alone is one big reason. It's a 'cool' place to spend some quality time for young and old alike. It opens the mind more so than sitting in front of the computer at home. There are so many outlets available with the library system such as teaching reading,storytelling time for children, computer instruction and plus much more. A great place to visit and donate. Nice question.
Yes I think we do. I love browsing in the library. I know you can 'browse' on line but I like to be able to pick up a book and read the first page to see if I want to read on (the best test of a good story). The library is also a good source of local information, a good meeting place and a facility which should not be axed by the local council who are trying to cut costs. I belong to a book club and we use the local library to provide our monthly books on extended loan; we can then return them later, pick up the next and they make sure we have enough copies for the whole group - can't do that on line. Libraries also offer computer and online facilities to those who don't have them at home or who can't easily access the internet, be it for study or for personal use, emails etc. I hope our councillors realise how valuable they are to our whole community.
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