libraries no more

Philippines
April 22, 2012 1:53pm CST
Do you think there will come a time that the libraries will be phased out? Since the internet is getting more popular day by day and where almost everything is available, do you think we still have a need for libraries? Share your views and comments.
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
22 Apr 12
Libraries will remain. They have already found out that new technology doesn't last! Visit your local library and ask to see the micro-fiche archives. Yes, that idea didn't last long, did it? CD's are rare, DVD's are on the way out, blueray just will never be affordable, etc. Tomorrow? Let's keep the books , just in case!
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
23 Apr 12
Perfect! you know how to show your arguments!
• United States
22 Apr 12
There are people who still read books and also who don't have a computer at home. I know when my service or computer breaks I am rigt down the street every morning for and hour each day on mylot. I just wish you could use it longer when no one else is waiting for it.
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@alberello (4755)
• Italy
22 Apr 12
Well, I think your hypothesis is predicated on a not too distant future. Assuming that we are already in the age of the ebook, then even the network volumes directly are already digitized, so I also believe that libraries with paper format texts, tend to disappear. And that pleases me, as it involves a saving of paper, and therefore an improvement toward nature.
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• Philippines
22 Apr 12
You have a point there. A lot of trees will be saved due to less papers are being made. Will there come a time that books will be replaced by thin scrolls of screen where you can use the existing android technology to browse the pages just like in star wars?
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
22 Apr 12
I think Star Wars belonged to the micro-fiche era!
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• Philippines
23 Apr 12
Actually, I was just guessing what sci fi movie did i see that kind of technology...hahaha... Or maybe that belongs to a futuristic movie from Tom Cruise? Bu I remember seeing one I just don't remember what movie that was...hahaha...
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
I don't think so. Even if e-books are starting to get popular, there are still quite a few people who'd love to read paperbacks or hardbound books. Besides, books are great sources and references of things that you usually need to know about. They are an indispensable thing for our acquisition of knowledge.
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@lucas5 (459)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
23 Apr 12
Sorry, but I think that it is not indispensable anymore, we have schools that use laptops in the classroom, they don't use paper books, and they have the same knowledge, and even more! but you are right, there are people that love to read paper books, I had a teacher that just read paper books and hate reading on the screen.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Apr 12
no, i don't think they will ever be phased out simply because they have adapted with the times. our local library offers free ebooks for a loan plus blu rays, video games, courses, etc.
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• Philippines
22 Apr 12
Nice and innovative as I might say. I haven't been to a library lately but with what you have described, it changed my perception of what a library is. It sounds cool and fun for learning.
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@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 12
Books... - What a pleasure they are...
Not completely I don't think, because people still like to borrow books, and of course to browse through libraries: for many people I imagine this is an enormous pleasure. However, when it comes to research, say for an academic degree, the internet has obviously stolen a lot of thunder from libraries. I'm not an expert, but it seems to me libraries in some form will always surely exist, if for nothing else than the preservation of valuable books: libraries have existed for centuries, and will not be dying out any time soon as I see it. And of course, libraries work in tandem with the internet. There was a time when for me browsing through a library was a blissful experience; but I became increasingly - and obsessively - time-conscious. Today, I like to get information as quickly as possible; I don't feel I have the time to browse through libraries in a relaxed and leisurely manner. That's just me. I'm a time puritan, you could say. But who knows, i may be back in a library again before too long...after all, there is something special about libraries, is there not? I think so.
• United States
23 Apr 12
I think we do need libraries. There are still alot of people who do not and cannot afford the internet nor a computer. If electic goes down we can still read our books. I think to have the libraries is important to people of all ages.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 12
My mom used to be a librarian before she retired. Her last job was reference librarian and she helped people find information. These days these kinds of people find this info on the Internet. Libraries in those days had books, tapes and videos. Now the libraries in my local area provide one hour per day Internet access. Typically the reference part of the library is smaller. I believe the library is fun for children. I don't like the fines for returning the book late. I love books. I have four library books out at the moment and I often buy my own books too. It will be a shame if libraries disappear. I guess in twenty years time libraries may well be phased out. Some people are not literate with the Internet and young kids like picture books. Even people like me that do use the Internet still go to the library.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
23 Apr 12
Well many of the libraries out there do seem to be failing. I know around here for instance, there used to be three pretty good libraries and most likely a couple of okay ones. And now there is only one that is around and it is struggling. There will always be an audience of people who read books...well as long as the generations that are around who grew up on reading actual books are still around. However, will that audience be the one that sustains libraries for the long term? I don't know and I think that we might feel the point where the Internet, e readers, has really taken a chunk. Granted, some libraries have mitigated that by offering Internet access for a small fee for those without Internet access but that is really not as common today as it was ten years ago.
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@derek_a (10902)
23 Apr 12
I think that eventually, there is a slight chance that libraries will be phased out because of the invention of e-book readers. However, I still enjoy reading a paper book now and again, but must admit that most books I get now are in e-book format. Friends of mine still visit libraries and borrow books, but not so much as they used to. I think perhaps 10 to 20 years may see a difference in library book borrowing. I guess though that it remains to be seen. _Derek
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@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
23 Apr 12
Sadly, that is what it is looking like! Post offices will probably soon disappear, so I guess libraries will also be next in line! I studied Librarianship, but its been years since the last time I was in a library!
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
I hope not. But i am guilty i might be part of this..as i am fond of downloading ebooks online - for FRee! anyways, i hope not as i love hanging out with libraries, i could remember back in high school i used to stay at the library during free time..and i want my kids to experience all that too
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@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
I'd hate to see that happen because I love books - real books. I don't know why I love the smell of books. I love flipping the pages and feeling the pages - glossy pages are smooth, paperbacks are rough, etc. Maybe in the future, there would still be libraries, but they would be more like museums. Or instead of the books, you'll be seeing e-readers in the libraries, so it would be more like a cyber cafe. The thought makes me a little sad.
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@marguicha (101852)
• Chile
23 Apr 12
I love to read a "real" book in bed but I imagine that my grandchildren do not do it the same way. There might come a time where the kind of books I have always read will be obsolete, but it won´t happen while I´m alive so I won´t worry about it.
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@GemmaR (8526)
22 Apr 12
I think that eventually libraries are going to be phased out. The simple fact is that now that eReaders have come into play, there will be a system at some point where you are able to pay a certain amount every month and be able to "borrow" the books on your device. You should be able to have them on your device for a period of two weeks, and then be able to "renew" them for a small fee to be able to have them for a further two weeks. This is more likely to happen than people staying in libraries, and I don't think that this is always going to be a bad thing.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
23 Apr 12
It is a sad truth that the libraries are fading out soon from the knowledge scenario.Yet it is quite unlikely that interest in reading would be pushed to the oblivion in the foreseeable future.Reading a printed text has its own merits...the joy of reading is much more comfortable and soothing than being able to read things on a computer monitor.
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
Actually, I opened this discussion due to a post made by my friend a few days ago... He posted why are there no one selling encyclopedias anymore. I just remembered that encyclopedias were the main books inside a library back then. So I wondered, what would become of libraries if less and less publications are producing books.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
25 Apr 13
I think that there will still be the existence of libraries so long as there are paper books even though we are enjoying the convenience of the Internet where we can search any information we need. It is true that fewer people are going to borrow books from the libraries, yet it still has the value to have them. Our school has three libraries. And the students are arranged to read in the libraries once a week. They have a reading class in the library for them to read anything they are interested in...
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
25 Apr 12
Eventually this could happen. For now though there are still people in the world that can not afford computers and ipads.
@rmuxagirl (7562)
• United States
25 Apr 12
I still love going to the library and borrowing books. Sometimes when I want to read a new author instead of going out and buying the book I will go to the library and borrow a book from that author and read it. If I like it then I will borrow a second book just to make sure. Sometimes I end up liking one book but not liking other books by the same author.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
25 Apr 12
There are people who still prefer reading a book to reading stuff on the computer. There are even a few people who do not own a computer.