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2009/07/21 13:51:01 (permalink)

The library

Anybody use their local library?

Must be 20 years since I went in one, what are they like?

Are they still peaceful and quiet?

Are they happy for you to sit in there for long periods of time reading and studying?

What is the selection of books and resources like in your average library?  Dated?  Up to the minute?  Fiction?  Non-fiction?

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    Omario
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 13:53:41 (permalink)
    I keep meaning to pop in, it's been about 20 years for me too. I'm a big fan of libraries though.
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 13:56:10 (permalink)
    My local one's a throwback to the 70's.
     
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 14:02:02 (permalink)
    I've been in one recently with my daughter as every year they run a reading scheme during the summer holidays - read X number of books and get a medal.  Nice little scheme that encourages reading even away from school.

    I've not used one for myself for about 20 years either!
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 14:07:24 (permalink)
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    I've been in one recently with my daughter as every year they run a reading scheme during the summer holidays - read X number of books and get a medal.  Nice little scheme that encourages reading even away from school.

    I've not used one for myself for about 20 years either!

    My mum, bless her, used to walk us up to Chorley library most Saturday mornings when we were very young; but I rememember very little of it other than it smelt funny and had crap toys!  I think I just used to look at books about fighter planes and look at the pictures!

    I'm just looking for a sanctuary really, were I will be more focused to study than I am at home with all it's distractions.

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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 14:12:29 (permalink)
    hull central library have just recently stuck a load of books in storage to make room for computers for free internet access. theyve also spent alot of money on a local history room.
    whenever ive wanted books off them theyve had to go in the basement to find them or order them from another library as all the shelves are full of crap and 'introductions' books.
    all the changes theyve made make it alot worse imo. its now full of teenagers on facebook and messanger for 50 minutes at a time.
    and all the old music textbooks are in storage which is such a waste.
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 14:39:04 (permalink)
    as sad as it is, i love libraries!

    my local one is rammed full of books covering a range of subjects. Its quiet and the only sound you hear is the scribbling of pens from the uni students.

    i never loan books, just go in on the rare chance, grab a book and learn something new

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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 16:41:57 (permalink)
    im using my local library atm as ive failed my mechanics exam (only had 13%), ive been revising there now for a week and a bit now, trying to get in 6 hours a day there and 4 hours at night.
    id reccomend it for revision mate, very few interuptions and i cant watch porn there either so theres one massive distraction out the way lol. only thing is there's a small cafe down the road so i tend to be having big breakfasts everyday so my cut is kind of being reversed atm.
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 18:12:50 (permalink)
    My wife takes my 2yo every few weeks, it's great for getting kids books.  I used it a bit when I had no internet access when moving house, they have free PCs that are usually available.

    I think people got addicted to buying books and getting a nice shiny book popping through the front door from Amazon etc, if you actually go to the library they have a lot of very readable stuff.  Free.



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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 18:21:24 (permalink)
    They know me by name in the one in town. Books are only 50p to order in so I go through the on-line library catalogue, select every book by whatever partcular author I'm interested in at the time, and I merrily work my way through the books for next to nothing.


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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 18:21:26 (permalink)
    Well I'm a fool really as due to the fact I work at a university, the main campus has an enormous, very well fitted out library and as well one of the other campuses where I used to work is on my way home and also has a huge library. As a staff member I can take out a ridiculous amount in one go, I think 25 books at a time.  I've never taken a book out!   I must pull my finger out as I'm always moaning I have nothing interesting to read
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 18:36:56 (permalink)
    I take the kids and it's great for them.

    As it's a rural village library the selection of books for adults is not great but not bad, and of course you can order them.

    I prefer to own books though, and have a stupid amount, so I don't loan books all that often.


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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 18:49:14 (permalink)
    I use my library virtually everyday except Fridays as it closes early and I'm still at work. I'll go on a Saturday to check my e-mails and facebook, even though I spend hours on the computer at the house. I can only send messages to my friends on FB via library because my computer at the house won't let me (why, I have no idea I'm not an expert right).
     
    My library is reasonably well stocked for a small town but like most now you can order a book for 50p and they'll get it sent to your branch. DVDs for loan although some don't work on my house computer. And of course children using the computers and instant messaging their friend (who just so happens is sitting in the next seat - I mean what's that all about?
     
    I spend that much time there I think I should be entitled to my own desk, chair and computer available for me anytime - obviously mine name will be engraved on these items. I was even selected for a position at the British Library and I turned it down because it meant taking a 30% cut in salary.
     
    All in all I like my library and it's one of the first things I do if I move anywhere new and I register with the library. I shouldn't need to though with the amount of unread books I have at my house.
     
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 19:17:48 (permalink)
    Well I hope I get some sort of part in Muscletalk: The Movie!

    Anyway now I want to know why you can't send messages on FB on your home PC?  It's the IT technician coming out in me ..... I am always on the job LOL
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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 19:20:54 (permalink)
    my kids use it but not very often tbh, they find everything on their computers now

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    Re:The library 2009/07/21 19:22:11 (permalink)
    RedHotF

    I am always on the job LOL


    lol

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    Re:The library 2009/07/22 00:16:28 (permalink)
    I only use my uni library...AC, wireless internet, all the books I need and decent amount of eye-candy too :)

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    Re:The library 2009/07/22 04:39:34 (permalink)
    Not been in one for years.  The Mrs takes the kids in every week-we have one at the local Mall which is why I think the Mrs goes so often -come to think of it its next to the Gym.

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    Re:The library 2009/07/22 11:53:29 (permalink)
    I use mine regularily as i read quite alot due to the hours i work,and am home alone in the mornings.Mine is pretty old-fashioned.Still looks like it is in the 70's.

    Probably go a couple of times a month.
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    Re:The library 2009/07/22 12:04:25 (permalink)
    I used to live in one almost, i never attended school and as i had missed loads when really young ,i didnt have the condtioning of everyone else and didnt know i wasnt supposed to question and ask

    If something was being delivered by the teacher,i wanted to know the background or how it tied in with other things,they just told me too shut up,after all to me what was it based on the person who delcared this stuff fit to be passed too me had they looked at all views etc
    Why waste time teaching me about ,Griffins or some other fictional thing from another persons mind what aid is this to me?
    Why teach me about one side of History or religion

    I never went to school but wished to know a lot of things so i would go there in the day instead of school and in the evenings,id work thru entire sections ,the massive error i made was not taking notes tho,so long term it wasnt commited to memory etc

    I recall be enthralled with Ireland and the IRA history,it was in the news at the time and it didnt make sense to me ,so i wanted to know how and why these people felt this way and what had made it so

    The Library was a place of comfort even into my late 20's id spend loads of time there mostly in the winter months it beat TV

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