Are libraries important?

@maximax8 (27048)
December 19, 2008 1:29pm CST
Today I read in my local newspaper that all library will be bought a uniform that will cost the council £100 per employee. The will cut down the money they spend on buying new books by a third. They want to stop spending so much money and so I wonder why they are going to spend lots of money on the uniforms. I love reading and borrowing books from the library is one of my favorite pastimes. What do you think about the changes in my local libraries? Are libraries important to you? Do you ever go to your local library?
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24 responses
• Australia
20 Dec 08
I am a pensioner on a low income with a lifetime love for reading. Without public libraries I could never afford to buy books, and I would thus not get to read. Quite apart from the entertainment value, reading is a chance to learn so much, since even the lightest of adventure novels has something new to learn. But I am also an academic, and although a lot of material can certainly be found online, there is something about having the book in your hand to read without blurring your eyes with a computer screen, that without access to libraries I suspect the level of knowledge in the world, low as it already is, would plummet. Lash
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
20 Dec 08
I quite agree with you. I think it would be tragic if we lost libraries and I would lose a wonderful source of books to read. I cannot afford to buy books at all, they cost a fortune, and without the library I would have to give up reading. That would be so sad.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
21 Dec 08
I think - and hope - libraries will always be important. But I have no idea in which way a uniform will improve anything or be beneficial in any way. Specially when that money could be used on.... well books :) I know nowadays we can get a lot of information and things on the internet and computers. We can even read books. But nothing beats the feel of having a real book in our hands. Sitting down and enjoy it. As for changes. Change can be good, but often we find that in many cases changes are just a way of making or spending money without any special benefit for the main purpose.
@prasanta (1947)
• India
20 Dec 08
See practically, lots of organizations are changing. To some extent,it is the need of the hour too. Library staff need uniform so that the people can recognize them easily. Secondly, the way many young female staff members dress these days, many males enter libraries to see them only. This is absolutely irritating for serious readers. Making uniform solves this problem too. Thirdly, doring any kind of external attacks, like terrorist attack that's common these days, the staff force needs to be recognised at once, so uniform is must for the library staff.
@Mitraa (3188)
• India
20 Dec 08
Yes, library is a very important organisation in any civilized place! I must say that library is a place of so many greatmen present in the form of volumes of books! It is a sacred place for study, reference and seeking truth with printed media. I think such a high percentage should not be cut down from books' purchase just for uniform at your library! Thanks!
@sweeety (41)
• India
20 Dec 08
these days libraries are out of fashion, with the coming in of the internet, all information is so readily available that people dont want to bother going to one at all..saves time and effort.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Dec 08
We have wonderful libraries in the USA, but no one wears a uniform. People buy their own clothes. They must wear dress pants and a really nice shirt. I used to go to my local library, but I had a falling out with the one who runs it. It's very small and I probably will go to the larger city one when the weather gets better, right now I have tons of books.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
I love reading books and going to my school library. It was my past time to stayed for hours in library. For me it is very important to have a library. Many will benefit and learn if they have access to a library. Here in my country they are only few public libraries available and some are just small ones so I envy other countries that have many big public libraries. I think its a wise move to have uniform, it may be costly but it will benefit the employee and it will be easy to determined whose the libraries employee.
@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
20 Dec 08
uniforms? let me see, it's important because it may help employees work more efficiently. Comparing to the new books, however, i think it's less important.Readers would rather borrow more new books than enjoy the new uniforms.i dont often go to local library,coz it's sort of far from my home. but i love reading. and i buy books now and then.
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
I love to go, sit and read in any place which has a stack of books, be it a library or a bookstore. Bookstore employees, however, do not like seeing me read, until I explain to them that I do not buy books whose content I do not have the foggiest notion of, for otherwise how would I know if the book is good or not? Bookstores usually accept my explanation and allow me to read books that are not sealed. Of course I have to buy what I have just extensively read as this was the reason I was allowed to read. I consider libraries as very important. Based on your information, however, I really cannot judge whether the council has done the right thing or not.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
20 Dec 08
I cannot understand why they want to waste money on uniforms. Buying new books is what they are there to do. How dare they divert money from the books which is the reason for their existence just to force every employee to look the same. If it was my local library I would protest this as our library is an important part of my life. I read a lot of books and I cannot afford to buy them so I rely heavily on my library to supply my reading materials. I would be devastated if the library was no longer there. Libraries are vital for keeping knowledge in a central place where people can go to learn about it. No one person could do this unless they were very rich. We need libraries to keep knowledge. I know people use computers but books are vital.
@smsolar (20)
• Singapore
20 Dec 08
Library is a very important learning place for the people. Without this place, we have a pay a lot of money to purchase the books for knowledge. At the end, the book will be kept in the warehouse or throw away. Economy is not good and cost cutting is necessary for survival. Let the library management do their calculation. We just enjoy whatever they have in the library. Jason www.smsolar.net www.smsolar.net/panel www.smsolar.net/bird_nest
• India
20 Dec 08
yes libraries are very important as they provide us books easily and as per our convience also they help save us money as buying books can be a costly thing to do also they help us read various topics from different authors which can be very beneficial so i think libraries are of utmost importance to everyone
@robert19ph (4586)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
hello maximax8, Indeed libraries are so important to me. It's where you can borrow a lot of things from pocket books to movies. During our two years of stay there abroad particularly in the US, my family and I used to borrow books, pockets books, movies and musical cd every weekend. For the kids were required to read 20 minutes of their time everyday. Found it so important, interesting and so helpful for they learned a lot. Such a good experienced that we never do here in our country. Hope that our libraries here is as much as complete as there abroad. This way, kids will be interested in going to the libarary regularly. And if this will happen, they will improve and learn a lot.
@xialinye (1403)
• China
20 Dec 08
what's library?it's the place that offer books to people to read.books are their first things to care.i don't like their proposals. i often go to our local library to borrow some books.i don't care what fashion the librarian take.what i care are how easy i can find the book i want.
@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
20 Dec 08
yes! libraries are very important to me. for one, i love reading. And i'm like only a student. means i have a limited budget. therefore, the library allows me to read for FREE!! another point about why i like libraries is the quietness. I'm able to study effectively for my exams in the library. in fact, with all my research materials readily available, i can not only read my novels, study for my exams but also complete my projects all in the library.
• United States
19 Dec 08
Sounds to me like the priorities are a little mixed up. I have never in my life gone into a public library where the staff were wearing uniforms. How dumb it is that?? LMAO!! When I have a question I look for someone wearing a name tag to ask. Seems to me that would be a bit cheaper even the brass ones!!
• India
19 Dec 08
yeah tehy are but tht much on a uniform is insane i mean wht do u need to give them uniforms for??? just wear a name tag!!!! but personally i love my library! happy lotting and have a nice day
• United States
19 Dec 08
I think that local libraries are very important. They provide access to educational tools to those who do not have enough money to purchase them on their own. They are also helpful for students who need to do research and must find books versus just looking on the internet for answers. I love to go to the library and find a few good books. I must say that I do not do this as much in the school year as I do over the summer, because I do not have as much time to read for pleasure. When I do have the time to read, I can normally finish a book in one day. This is another reason that I like libraries. I think it is ridiculous to purchase a book that you are going to finish in one day and I do not know many people who could afford to do so. I am deeply saddened that your library is cutting the budget for purchasing new books becuase I think that the library is the cornerstone in many towns.
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
19 Dec 08
in my case i am not a book reader and if i want we can buy book anywhere.for student i gues its important.
• Malaysia
19 Dec 08
You gave me three (3) question marks that really caught my attention to upload my decent answers. In anyway, thanks for providing and the level of your sensitivity as well as your deep concerned on public library. I like it very much. Here we go one-by-one. Your question in BOLD font and my answer in plain font. What do you think about the changes in my local libraries? I'm very positive in this issue, to encourage librarians raise up their level of ethics, productivity and feeling proud working in well dressed uniform. In general, looks more well organized and hopes with better looking they will render their best service to all visitors. Are libraries important to you? Oh.....my pretty sure for yes. Very important for me to delve into my nurture feeling on taking my faves reading materials, first and foremost its surrounding environment and the management system in the library. All of it must be very friendly to me. Do you ever go to your local library? Every Sunday and I got my library membership card, renewable on paid-annual basis. Normally libraries closed on Monday in each week and public holiday. Have your nice day, maximax8.