How often do you visit a library? Do you go to borrow books? Do research? Check out the multi-media center? Hang out with the friendly and knowledgeable staff? Are you there out of love or out of need?
Booklovers would agree with me that libraries are the rescue to our wallets. They are also good sources of books if we have limited shelf space. All that said, I don’t visit my local library as often as I used to because libraries tend to become a refuge for the rancid street people. They bring in what bags and other belongings they have amassed and sit at the media stations. I also don’t appreciate the loud children story time/singing that spread to the main reading room. The bottom line is: I don’t like library being used in any purpose other than reading and conducting research. My library visit is quick stop that allows to peer at the new books. I like to see a book that I’m interested in reading and decide if I’ll buy it. Library is also a great resource for out-of-print books.