Do you agree that Internet will soon replace libraries?

@reco13 (605)
Philippines
March 8, 2010 12:34am CST
Internet has been very helpful in present society. The high technology enables us to communicate from all over the world, provides education and learning, and also provides entertainment. It contains almost everything we need to know with just one click. Researches are much easier using the internet and I, myself have proven this many times. As a student, I used internet as a supplement in my studies. I use books and I use the internet too. Using the two together makes my study more detailed and complete. But with the accessibility and convenience the internet provides, do you believe that sooner or later, internet will replace libraries? I guess this is possible because some old books become obsolete and needs to be revised and updated, while the info in internet is always up-to-date. Sometimes, the internet info are even more reliable than books. So what is your view on this?
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14 responses
@kate2011 (46)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I sure hope not, I love to read and I love the library. It may sound dumb but I love the smell of books. I will admit as a student I hardly ever step foot in a library anymore for research unless the teacher says i need books for resources. But I go just because I love to read. Most of the time I check out a book to determine if ill like it enough to buy it. I plan on having a room full of books when I get my own house.
• India
9 Mar 10
Hello, I think it already did. Though the main problem of having an online library is that, not every person has the chance or enthusiasm to access this. In my country not many people have internet access, though it is getting cheaper nowadays. Personally, I was in dire need for resources and searched for a good library in my locality. I stopped the search when I found those things on internet, available for free. I am an avid reader and read a bulk of materials each day about various subjects. This has been made possible only by those online resources. God bless you
• India
9 Mar 10
I dont htink that we can see internet taking over the libraries anytime soon. Books havea charm of their own and have a huge following maybe its reducing but i dont think book will go away any time soon.. I do think that internet can be used to get instant results on a topic which one wants to know but still.. people preffer books as its really tedious to sit in fron t of a comp taking notes its much easier with a book .. i guess its dues to our education system..
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
I don't agree that Internet will soon replace libraries bescause sometimes internet has no connection and internet use electricity if there is no electricity there is no internet and internet is expensive because you need to pay for electricity and internet connection and you need to buy your computer and many learner are not rich they will just read books
• Ghana
9 Mar 10
Sure! Internet has already replace library because you can even see library online now,which means you can access any book you want online without bothering yourself to go to library. Tell me any book you want to read I will surely show you where to get it online.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
9 Mar 10
It`s still a long way until internet completely replaces libraries, but I think that it might be possible. Not only internet is really useful and has neverending information, it`s also a way to avoid having to use too much paper, what resuls in cutting less trees. If it happens, it might be good for the planet
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
I compare the libraries to post offices wherein it is still active today. The advancement of the wireless communications booms over the last years, the post office still survive and still are helpful today. I don't think libraries will be extinct just because of internet.
@dewero (25)
• United States
8 Mar 10
i'd say that internet information is better than books, but books provide more concise information, and thus they can still become used. the library may become obsolete one day, but it won't for a long time.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
8 Mar 10
Of course, old books become obsolete from time to time. This is true in particular of science and other course books. Even after a few years post university you cannot even give away your old text books. However, I don't think libraries will ever become obsolete. I have seen so many changes as far as libraries are concerned. When I was young there were all these drawers of index cards in the library. Where have they all gone? Now you sit down at a terminal and look up what you want. Even from my house I can access the library catalogue and see if a certain book or publication is available at my library or if the librarian has to order it in. When I go to the library I see every terminal is occupied by young people and old people, reading, playing games or looking up stuff. The easy chairs are also occupied by people reading books and magazines. My library stocks every conceivable magazine that interests me. I would spend a fortune if I had to buy them all. I don't think libraries will ever become obsolete. You cannot replace the pleasure of handling a book with looking at a screen. Also where I live people use the library for free so underpriviledged kids and poor people can keep uptodate with the world and technology if they have the will to do so. Yesterday I had such a pleasurable day. The world was right. I had gone to the library and settled down on the sofa with a book about the Tuscany. I turned the TV on to a musical performance of light music. The sun was shining giving the illusion of a warm day (it is still cold where I live). So I snuggled closer into the sofa and enjoyed my book and the music. Two perfect companions for a Sunday afternoon.
@lendmhe (372)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
Yes I feel so. Earlier, information technology was called information superhighway. Maybe because of its speed. Any topic you wanted to know are now available and you're right its up-to-date.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
8 Mar 10
I would say ...most likely ..because at this pace of development it is definitely going to replace our libraries.
@key2write (493)
• India
8 Mar 10
It would be possible that internet will soon replaces by libraries. We all hear about digital libraries, ebooks, audio books etc. These all are the sign of next gen libraries i.e. digitized libraries or digital libraries. But we can't say that it will happen very soon. Their are many factors which don't allow such dream into reality. I'm not saying that it will not happen but it will take long time. First of all a huge percentage of people don't know how to operate a computer. Even a large number of educated people don't know how to use computer or what is internet or what is the use of internet or how internet can change this world. Only few percentage of people in the world use internet. Secondly, many countries don't have fast internet facilities. Power supply is not regular. And an important thing that internet is very costly. Suppose a digital library opened in a small city where dial-up is used. Power supply is not regular. Because of high cost of internet library authority increases the membership cost than think who will go to such library. Instead of that library he will go to a cheap traditional library. Internet will soon replace libraries IF: 1) If all people in the world know how to operate computer and the knowledge of internet. 2) Power supply would be regular and cheap. 3) Internet have highest speed. There will be no disruption. 4) Internet would be cheap or free at all. These are few factors, there may be other factors which can help us to create such dream into reality. Have a wonderful day.
@user_786 (1339)
8 Mar 10
i dont think this will happen becasue lot people prefer going to libraries . maybe for time pass or they want change. also elferly, children or other people who dont use internet or computer much or are not familiar with it will only go to library for reading books.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
I personally don't think so. I cannot deny the helpfulness of the Internet, but libraries are still useful. They may be outdated, but reading actual books can still be a rewarding experience. You don't need electricity to access information contained in books and journals. I hope libraries don't get obsolete. We have historical libraries with original manuscripts and they are still being preserved nowadays. School libraries are good for me because when I was in college I used to always go there to read books and review my lessons. Plus I can take those books with me wherever I go, whereas I'd have to have a laptop and a prepaid internet connection or WiFi to access the Net.