Libraries – Who still uses them?

These days everytime I enter a library they are empty, appart from a few pensioners returning books.

The global scope of library activity 

1,212,383- librarys world wide
166,041,975,140- annual transactions
18,954,563- transactions a day
5,265- transactions a second
(Source- http://lonewolfilbrarian.files.wordpress.com)

Doesn’t the results show that some librarys ARE being used right now as we speak? Yet these statistics are 5 years old, they can’t have changed that much?

An early library that allowed access to the public was that of the Kalendars or Kalendaries, a brotherhood of clergy and laity who were attached to the Church of All-hallowen or All saints in Bristol, England. Records show that in 1464, provison was made for a library to be erected in the house of the kalendars, and Reference is made to a deed of that date by which it was

Appointed that all who wish to enter for the sake of instruction shall have ‘free access and recess

And there a library was born.

When I was younger I went to the library every Saturday, especially through the holidays! They use to run this kids competition where you read as many books as possible, the only problem was I read them too fast and no one ever believed I’d actually read the book.
Unfortunately this put me off going alot of the time, especially in my library the librarian is a little too snooty for my liking. I didn’t go for over 3 years until a month ago! The same woman was there from all them years ago, and surprisingly remembered me! Once again I read a book faster than average and this time no questions were asked!

I don’t necessarily enjoy visiting the library as the organisation sucks, but I’m also very fortunate to be able to buy what ever books I want. It’s no secret that some people aren’t as lucky or fortunate which is a huge shame, because everyone should have access to reading material, as it’s so vital we feed out brians with words to interpret which creates a beautiful story many people have spent months on.

Library’s are fantasic for people who can’t afford books, to go in and have access to new books, or old classics! Even if the cracked spines bother me a little. I do think more people need to use them, even once a month so the people who can’t afford books, have that institution avaliable to them.

We also need to remember librarys aren’t just for books, they offer a wider variety of things.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, as it took alot of time and effort! I hope to do more discussion blogs, because I like hearing your opinions- so let me know in the comments what you think!

Happy reading 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Libraries – Who still uses them?

  1. Great post! I agree, people don’t go to libraries like they did before. I think it’s mainly because it’s not “cool” to be a teenager who reads, adults just don’t have time to visit them and therefor there are only older people there. It’s a shame really since books are so amazing. I’m guilty of not visiting the library too but I buy my books so it “okay”, haha.

    I remember when I was younger, about 10 or 11 years old, and I was in middle-school. It was winter and it was so cold for little me so I made a deal with the librarian to let me stay inside and organize the shelves while the others had to go out in the cold on recess, haha. It felt like I had won the lottery, to not be forced to go outside and be surrounded by books at the same time.

    What I’m trying to say is that it’s sad these younger generations don’t get to experience the magical feeling you get when you enter a library..

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  2. I may not actually go to a library, but since I am blind, I use the National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped (NLS) and their state affiliate to receive audio books on digital cartridge, that I play using a special book player provided by NLS. I also use their service to receive brealle books and magazines in the mail, so I appreciate the library very much. Although I have purchased a few iBooks on my phone, I still have a double stack of books that I have to read and send back to the library through the mail. I also agree that lical libraries should be used, so they don’t dissapear altogether.

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  3. I’ve honestly tried to the library more often, but I’ve begun to take more of a liking to buying and owning my books. With libraries I always feel so pressured to finish my books within two weeks, but with my own books I feel free to take as long as I need, which usually motivates me to finish them faster because about 85% of my bookshelf is unread. That being said, I definitely try to promote going to the library to my siblings and younger friends (some friends that are my age or older who “don’t like reading,” too).

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  4. The idea of libraries becoming obsolete saddens me a little. Also, just FYI, the plural of “library” is “libraries,” not “library’s” or “librarys.” People tend to use apostrophes to make everything plural these days. I’m not trying to be rude; I just want to help you out while you’re still young so that you don’t fall into the trap of overusing apostrophes :). It’s a pet peeve of mine.

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  5. I have worked in libraries for a while, and currently work in a public library. From what I’ve learned from my own experience, I have to disagree with your post. I’m a bit unsure of your location, but in the United States, usage of public libraries remains high. This is, yes, because of books – both print and digital (over the years I have found that many, MANY people still prefer print books to ebooks in most circumstances, including myself) but, as you mentioned, there are many other services that libraries provide at no charge that keep people of all ages and walks of life coming through our doors. Free wifi, computer access, audiobooks, DVDs, tech training courses, storytimes for children, and other programming are all parts of why people keep coming to libraries. Our summer reading program just kicked off 3 weeks ago, and in that time we have signed up roughly 1500 area preschoolers, grade schoolers and teens. And that number does not include adults signed up for the program, which was a new addition this year.

    If numbers are what you are interested in, try this one on for size: 37 million. That is the number of visitors to the New York Public library system in 2014. And here’s another: 9 million – the attendance for all area New York City professional sports teams (football, baseball, basketball, hockey) COMBINED. The problem is not that people aren’t going to libraries, because they are, unquestionably. The problem is that despite that, their budgets are constantly on the chopping block. In that same example, $620 million dollars was allotted to renovations to sports arenas in NYC, and only $454 million was given to sustain the entire library system. Also, Library services are often used as a political bargaining chip when it comes to budgeting – the powers that be threaten to cut library hours, then “restore” them when the desired tradeoff is obtained (I wrote about this particular issue recently on my own blog, livingabooklife.com – “The Math and Politics of the New York Public Library”).

    The most current statistics on library usage on the American Library Association website (http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet06) are from the 2012 fiscal year (public libraries are government institutions, and those government wheels do turn slowly), but still the numbers are impressive. I’ll just pull out one number for your perusal: 1.5 billion, the number of in-person visits to public libraries across the United States in FY2012, which had steadily risen over the last ten years, by 20.7%. As the country still struggles to rise out of the recession, and income disparity gaps continue to widen, I expect those numbers to only rise as more and more people seek out the freely available resources provided by libraries.

    I am clearly very passionate about this subject! Keep in mind that just because you don’t use library services, or you don’t see anyone else doing it, doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening at all.

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    1. I agree with my post 100%. I’m from the UK and it is a proven fact that library use has dropped dramatically over the last few years. I do use a library so the last part of your comment doesn’t exactly apply to me, also just for extra information I’ve been in alot of my local Library for hours doing work, and not one person came through the door, alot of libraries have closed down, so that just proves not as many people are using them , so it results in closure. I do state this in the blog post. And evidently you’re from the US so statistical data is going to be different. But speaking for the UK, less and less people are using library service and buying books instead, which I also state and wrote in another blog post. Unfortunately in the UK our libraries don’t offer free wifi or computers, they often require a small payment, so alot of people tend to use home computers or free wifi cafés.

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      1. I’m glad you clarified your location, as I wasn’t sure. It is very sad to hear that this is happening to your libraries in the UK, and invariably the budgets and how libraries are valued in their respective countries will differ greatly. My question to you then, is how do you get people back in your libraries? Do you have any ideas? In the U.S. We have been rushing to keep up with the digital age, and it’s changed dramatically how our libraries function.

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      2. Unfortunately it’s not about idea’s it’s just that alot of people claim to be embarrassed to be seen in libraries! I don’t know whether this is because of the stigma they’re free (books) and not always so looked afer. And as I referred in my blog post the most popular audience is the elderly. I think it would be good to get children from a young age socialised into visiting and talking positively about libraries. This then may a generation of library goers. I’ll be definitely encouraging my children to read and visit libraries in the future!

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      3. Story times are wonderful for kids. If you have anyone interested in reading books, singing songs or doing crafts with kids for even a half hour, they just love it. Start them young, that’s how you get them to stay! Budget issues are hard, and often you can’t justify a larger budget for new books if people don’t care about them. Start small with some programs. Get people interested, and then you can justify a larger budget.

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  6. I use my library all the time, but I think the librarian is kind of rude and he always looks mad! My Library allows 4 weeks for a book to be checked out, but I normally don’t take that long to read my books. Great post by the way love that some one is talking about libraries. You also talked about using libraries for other things then books and you are right! I have 3 libraries in my area and they all offer different things. The main one I go to offers, books, DVDs, Audiobooks, and they have computers for people that might not have internet. They also offer a program where you can order books from different libraries in the area.

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  7. My local library still gets used. I still see a lot of people checking out books, and the e-library service they offer is great for getting books that aren’t in the physical collection on my Kindle. It’s also a meeting place for the community. I’m glad to see the NY library system is alive and well.

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  8. I use my public library all of the time and I am happy to say I am not alone in that. However, I also use the university library of my alma mater regularly and sadly, it is like a tomb. Only during finals is it busy, but that is for study groups, not actual reading of the books.

    I think this is an important discussion. Nice job!

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  9. Great post.I think that the reason libraries do not get the attention they deserve is that nowadays people like everything on their devices.To avoid going somewhere and saving time and gas they prefer to order things like books,movies etc online.While if one wants to benefit from the presence of the local library one has to go there and spend time.
    I think that people should really use libraries because it’s usually for a very little fee and the variety of books available is amazing.Moreover there are magazines too.We can also get to meet local book reader there and form something of a bond/friendship.

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  10. We are constantly at the library. Ours has a thriving Children’s Program with a huge area devoted to kids where they can run, play, AND read without the cliched librarian shushing them. The “older” patron areas are farther off, so everyone can have fun an enjoy the library! Public libraries are a great resource for books, music, movies, and more. Most are even joining the digital age with free eBooks! An underused library is a very sad thing.

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  11. I always get in trouble for going to the library too much … my school librarians know me well and they just hand me books when I walk in . That’s how much I love going to the library. So to answer your question , yeah most people do still uses libraries . 🙂

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