End of the road for libraries?

Posted by on November 08, 2010

What’s the future, do you think, of libraries? Do you and your students still use libraries regularly, or is everything these days so technology-based that you rarely feel the need to venture into those hallowed halls of bookishness (yes, I made that last one up, but you know what I mean)?

When I was little, I used to love trips to the library – the smell of the books, the possibility of finding some hidden gem to lose myself in for a few days (not to mention the fabulously squeaky wooden floors!), and some of that excitement still comes back each time I go into one. Disturbingly, though, there was a news report a couple of months ago about the British Government planning to phase out libraries, in favour of us all borrowing books from supermarkets and pubs. Personally, I think it’s a dreadful idea, not least because future generations would be deprived of those wonderful experiences I remember so fondly. What do you think?

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