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13 July 2016 @ 10:03 am
Remember when a library was a place to check out books?
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on July 13th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
I went to a brand-new college recently and entered the building labeled "Library". There I found an atrium and a small cafeteria. "Where's the, um, library?" I asked a cafeteria worker. "This is the library," he said. "No, the library," I said. "Where the books and the computers are." It was upstairs, down the hall. Ironically, I was there to consult something on their computer, and never saw the books, if it had any, at all.
kerkevik_2014: I Voted for Europekerkevik_2014 on July 13th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
My local library is open for less than half the week in terms of potential hours; the fact that the main library in the council area is only open for about four or five hours longer (and still under that halfway mark) shows how local authorities are responding to the stripping of the legal requirement to provide libraries at all.

The quality of the selection is frankly staid and/or appalling, unless you're a pre-schooler, and the internet is, even when updated, less than optimal - even though this is what most people seem to go there for nowadays, unless they're of the pre-home computer generation or parents trying to get their kids to read at all.

Maia Cmaiac on July 14th, 2016 10:46 am (UTC)
I still miss card catalogs. I found a lot of good books en route to finding whatever I was searching the catalog for. Likewise bookshelves.

And what will happen to this modern-looking but deliberately uncomfortable library when the Powers That Be catch up to the fact that printed books are enjoying a resurgence of popularity?

...On a related and more cheerful note: I recently learned that Nanjing, China has a bookstore in a former underground parking garage. Imagine walking down and down and down ramps lined with books. (There are lots of pictures in this CNN article.)