Before the internet, libraries were the best source of information available. Whatever your topic, whatever your interest, you could find the right book at your local library. Now though, we can find the same information on our phones, tablets or our laptops. It’s a lot faster than heading to the library and even if we want more in-depth information we can purchase a digital book. There is no need to head down to the library anymore for information so what is the purpose of this building in every city around the world?
Firstly, it’s important to clear up a common misconception. People do still use libraries to find out information. Unlike the internet, a library is a free source of knowledge. While most of us take the internet for granted, it is a privilege that we pay for. If you can’t afford an internet subscription, the library is your only option. It’s still important for children who need to study outside of school. Or for students who need to study outside of classes. It’s also where many tourists will head to if they’re looking for information. Essentially, the library provides equitable access to anyone in search of information. In this way, they are still relevant.
Are they as important as they used to be? In a way yes because these days libraries provide more than just dusty books. If you need to use the internet, you can head down to your local library. As long as you’re a member you’ll be able to use it free of charge. Again this is important. Libraries are also becoming a place where modern technology and old information meets. There are now online libraries, where you can read all the books available digitally for free As well as this, tech can be used to quickly find the location of the book that you need.
Let’s not forget as well that there are some resources you can get from a library that can’t be found online. Libraries across the world have ancient texts that do not yet have digital files. For a historical researcher, this is the only place that they can be found. They can not even be bought online. One example of this is Le Veritable Dragon Rouge. Or, the True Red Dragon. Supposedly, the ancient text holds the key to summoning the devil. While this is most likely passed on superstition, for philosophers, it’s an interesting text. But to purchase a true edition, you would have to spend thousands of dollars. Surprisingly though it can be found at select libraries.
However, despite it being true that libraries are still relevant, they are also dwindling in popularity. Library owners must find ways to make their place of work more appealing. Otherwise one day, libraries may indeed be shut down. One possibility is making them more comfortable. By purchasing library furniture, library owners can provide the perfect place to read or study.
We’ve already mentioned the use of tech. It’s important that libraries continue to utilize new forms of tech to keep up with modern times. Who knows, one day a library might be filled with expensive VR equipment. Then, they will truly be providing an experience like no other.