Why Do We Still Need Libraries?

Author muses on why we spend money on library buildings. Ends with conclusion about "library as place".

"The truth is, I don’t know why brick-and-mortar libraries still serve a purpose. I could have checked out the e-book version, but instead, sitting somewhere in the mid-800s of nonfiction, I have found a perfect location, just light enough to read but shielded from passerby. Turning the thick, dinner-stained pages of Ramona the Pest, the dust jacket crinkles and within a single chapter I am eight again.This is my third place; my place between work and home where I belong. And sitting here is why I continue to fight for public libraries. "

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Book warehouse

And until everything is digital libraries need buildings because we do need book warehouses.

A library is not just

A library is not just books.
A library is not just a place.
A library is not a company.
A library is not just a search engine.
A library is not just information.
A library is neither an app nor a product of the moment.

A library is community.
A library is educational opportunity and information technology access for everyone.
A library is the very essence of public service.
A library is the combined efforts of librarians and library staff dedicated to helping people.
A library is enrichment, enchantment, enfranchisement, empowerment.
A library is democracy.

A library is far more essential and relevant these day than most people realize or are ready to admit.

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