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The Library's Popularity on Rise

Do You Go to the Library?

I've become all too comfortable with ordering books from Amazon. They appear, as if by magic, on my work desk two days later, and sometimes I forget I bought them, so it's like Christmas. And the last time I went to the San Francisco library, there were bums taking their afternoon snooze on every floor. But I loved the library in college! It was beautiful, and it didn't talk too much.

NPR is now declaring libraries the new cupcakes, which is a ridiculous metaphor, but it goes on to make a case for the library's comeback. They are environmentally friendly, and librarians are genuinely nice, knowledgeable people who want to help you, not sell something. There's free WiFi and more seats than in bookstores.

I'd like to add that the more people buy ebooks, the less they'll be consumed by building physical libraries at home, making them more likely to check out at the library than at the store. Plus, at least one celebrity loves them! What about you?

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TrishaEstra TrishaEstra 7 years
I'm in College, its a MUST! :)
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
oh man i'd recognize that creepy antfarm of a library anywhere--NYU library. Sight of it gives me the creeps.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I don't own a single book that I haven't reread at least 3 or 4 times, so I get my money's worth when I buy books. Also, like skigurl - I SUCK at returning library books!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Yep! For the past year I've been on a mission to read more and since I can't buy all those books, I love the library
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Yes! Support your local library! It's stuff we've paid for through our tax dollars and need to continue to support for the health of the community. Every time a library closes, it makes me sad to think of people who now have to find other means of getting information (referring to people who use library as main source). Also, it's green and just all around great. I love the crotchety old ladies behind the counter--once you get to know them and vice versa, they are fantastic! I am guilty of racking up fines (sorry!) but figure that's another way to donate. It's a great way to try out new books For Free before adding to your personal library. I love buying books that I've found via the library.
Amelie074 Amelie074 7 years
I go at least once a month. I read a ton of books and hate paying good money for something I'll read once. I still buy books but usually they're ones I can't find at the library or ones I know I'll keep and re-read.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Never. I prefer to buy my books. I love new books b/c they are in perfect condition. Plus, I tend to re-read books as well.
amber512 amber512 7 years
Constantly! Hello, it's free! And I can keep up on the books I want to read without going bankrupt.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I go daily to write. Also, it's great to come across a really old book.
DiamondSkies DiamondSkies 7 years
I haven't walked into a library (except for an event for my daughter) in about 7 years. I research online and buy books off of Amazon all the time or go to my local favorite used book store.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I love libraries! I never buy a book I haven't gotten from a library and read first.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I have always loved libraries and I am absolutely in love with our local library! And, it has really helped with the budget! :)
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
This is going to sound crazy/depressing, but I 'occasionally' go to libraries... from different states. Just to see them. Not only are they historic, but they give me a really depressed feeling about this digital age that I constantly surround myself with. I do love books, though!
bohokitty bohokitty 7 years
Once a week. Books get expensive and I don't like rereading them. My library has tons of good DVD s too.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Ha! I was just at my beloved library today. Aside of the obvious awesome book stash, they also have dirt cheap--and sometimes free--DVD rentals.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I love it! I'm a regular, and not just to check out books and DVDs for my daughter. I go on my days off and get lost in the nonfiction for hours on end. I don't like owning books. I don't like buying them, I absolutely HATE moving them, and I don't like storing, yeah, I'm all about the library.
elramos elramos 7 years
My laptop was my best friend in college, so no library for me. Plus, I owe the library money, lol. I like the atmosphere and it's right around the corner, but whenever I pop in kids are running around and yelling at the computers.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
skigurl, I notice that too. If the person working behind the check-out counter or something is young, they are usually somewhat bitchy. At least at the library I go to now. In my other states, I didn't see many young people working at the library. I like the idea of book stores, and I like to browse, but I'm just cheap - not to mention I have a serious case of money-spending-guilt!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I go to study, or read, or people watch (every public library seems to be a popular location for the strangest people), but I haven't bothered getting a library card in years.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Love them. :) I wish I weren't a complete lazy ass or I would go every week; but I go once or twice a month. There's nothing quite like the atmosphere there. Whether I'm reading, sketching or writing I do so much better at the library. My only gripe is that there's a to of weirdos hanging out just for the air conditioning haha, but that's LA for you.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I, for one, love to pay out the ass for books I'll only read once, may lend out, and then will promptly forget who I lent it to and never see it again. I love buying books - it's a seriously guilty pleasure of mine. Chapters, Indigo, Borders, I love them all! I used to love the library while in school for studying and writing papers, but that's it...I never take books out...I've learned the hard way that I don't bring them back in time and the amount I've spent on bullshit fines, I could have just owned the book anyway. and every single librarian I've ever dealt with in a local library has been either a bitch or a complete idiot. I'm not even joking. It's weird, and they do things like mispronounce my easy name, and I'm thinking - you work at a library, and you can't pronounce that phoenetically, ie: you can't read...nice. Real nice. So yah I have a beef with libraries and I LOVE to buy books, so I do.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I absolutely love libraries... I am a regular!
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I go to the library often. Why pay out the ass for books that you will only read once?
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