Importance of Library in life!

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Student life is considered to be the best time for learning. A lot of self-studies are needed and done for complementing and enhancing knowledge. For studies, an ideal place will be a quiet place, free from distractions, without any gadgets, people doing different stuff, sound of chatting or TV/Radio. Libraries are such a place where one can read to his heart’s content without any disturbance. ‘Education’ and ‘Library’ are two blended concepts, both being fundamentally related to each other, both are inseparable.

importance of library
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” ― George R. R. Martin

Physically, Library is a place where many books are kept, placed on shelves in an organized manner depending on subject or topics. Library provides exactly right kind of atmosphere to students for learning. It is usually a calm and disciplined place to study with proper concentration. Students can be engaged in various ways to access useful quality information.

Libraries can be of various types – school / college library, public library, children library with various types of collections.

Benefits -

  • Library generally offers free access (or on nominal cost) to information to all age-groups of people.

  • Other than academic stuff, kids can explore variety of interesting topics

  • Helps in developing good reading habits

  • Children become more independent because they can explore as much as they want

Library for kids and teens
"When in doubt go to the library." J.K. Rowling

Nowadays when we can have all sort of information just by a simple click, concept of going to libraries is fading. Within the comforts of home or office, books can be downloaded, we can watch videos on n number of topics.

No doubt of the convenience and availability of contents in abundance that we get

online, still we need libraries because –

1) Not all information is available online or 100 % correct / authentic.

2) We still need a disciplines atmosphere without any distractions for studies

3) There are places where internet or modern devices have not reached

4) Library through various extension services like story hours, lectures, audio-visual aids,

book exhibitions, can be proved useful for mass education and informal education. It may play an important role in adult education also.

Library is a prerequisite for education for sustainable development for students at all levels. In small communities, libraries have proved to be very useful for all the classes of society.

Library for kids near IGNOU, Saket
"Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library." –Walter Savage Landor

Unfortunately, the concept of going to library is dying, I still cherish those days that I spent in library amongst books, lost in a beautiful world, imagining the places where I could have never gone, knowing facts written after a thorough research. We should come forward to support existing libraries and try to start new ones at small scale, for our neighbouring community, that will also be a great step. One can also make a point of joining the library Friend’s group or donating to them. A little from everyone adds up! On a larger scale, local administration can help for public libraries.

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