There is a Spanish proverb that says, “Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity”. Never truer words spoken. Books have been the ultimate source of knowledge and wisdom since time immemorial. And the good news is, I love the way each book has its own journey. The moment you start reading it, you will transpire into the author’s world. You will connect with the characters, divulge in the existing plots and unravel new mysteries. After all, books open and strengthen our minds. Interestingly, in the past few years, the trend of reading books online is growing rapidly. However, the print world still exists.
According to a report published by CNBC, print publishers made $22.6 billion and e-books made almost $2.04 billion last year. These figures included educational, fictional and trade books. So, it is fair to say that the popularity of print books is still prevalent and books are not made for furnishing furniture. In my personal opinion, print books have a long way to go and you should never stop going to a library for the reasons listed below.
The obvious reason is free books
An avid reader will always read books. I remember as a college student I would always rush to the library and read in complete solace. But that doesn’t mean, I no longer visit a library. I still visit the state library whenever I have time and pick some interesting reads. And the good news is, I get to pick whatever I want to read without paying a single dime. In my personal opinion, if you are a student, the library is the best way to access some good books. In fact, not just students, even adults can walk up to a library and spend a few hours of bliss reading books they never have to pay for.
Libraries provide free WI-fi and computer usage
With the rise in the use of computers and increased digitization, most libraries have upgraded their system. Now, you can access computers, download e-books or avail information you require. Not only this but you also get to use free WI-fi. If you have consumed all your mobile data and somehow the wi-fi is not working, I am sure a library can definitely come to your rescue. Libraries have numerous computers and you can use them for various purposes.
For instance, say you need to build an online portfolio and you are looking for a good online portfolio builder. If you visit a library you can access books on digital marketing and see how online portfolios work. Or else just sit in front of the computer and make a great portfolio for yourself. You see a library has more to offer than you think. So, here is another reason why you should never stop going to the library. Having said that, let us look at the rest of the reasons for visiting a library.
Libraries are the most relaxing place to study
I remember as a child I always used to get frustrated by the on-going chaos in my house. And by chaos I mean, my brother playing loud music in his room, my parents constantly chatting in the living area. So, the only areas that befitted my study hours were either the basement or the local library. I obviously chose the latter because I am scared of basements. Nevertheless, the main crux of the story is that libraries are the best place to study for an upcoming exam, project, and on-going research. You can study for long hours and no one will bother you from grasping the knowledge you need.
Libraries are the best source for research
Yes, I know that you can browse the internet for research but trust me the amount of authentic information you get from libraries cannot be compared to the internet. You see, the internet is everywhere but amidst all that, we forget that everything that is cited on the internet comes from the books. For instance, say you’re working for a literature assignment and you need to write a critical essay on Charles Dickens characterization of Sydney Carton. I am sure you will surf the internet and search for the exact phrase I have just mentioned above. However, if you visit a library, talk to the librarian for sources on the same topic, trust me you will find great references. At the end of the day, you will go home with a well-written, well-researched, and a great essay.
I would like to conclude by saying that libraries are definitely a great source for seeking any type and kind of information. You can surf the net for days, weeks, and months but the ultimate joy arrives when you have a book in hand. So, how about reading books at a library more often than over a screen emitting harmful rays all the time?