What’s good about libraries? E

Library A to Z: EI’m following the A to Z Challenge by posting every day in April (except Sundays) about the importance of libraries. I’m using the Library A to Z advocacy materials and a small selection of quotations in each post.

What good things about libraries begin with E?

Ebook readers; ebooks; education; email (access to); employability; enquiry service; entertainment; equality; escape; events; everyone (is welcome); exciting; exhibitions; expression.

The great Einstein starts off my list of E quotes:

Albert Einstein: The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.

TS Eliot: The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.

Sir Henry Ellis: Librarians are living catalogues, and can usually be consulted to great advantage.

Helen Exley: Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled: “This could change your life”.

Do you have any other suggestions for E?

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16 thoughts on “What’s good about libraries? E”

  1. Libraries are vital – not only because they contain an enormous wealth of knowledge (okay you can research stuff on the internet, but only in the most superficial way, the information in a book cannot be found on the net, only extracts), it is also a place of refuge, quiet (mainly!), a place where anyone, whoever they are, can come in with the same aim, be treated in the same way, get the same access to information or escape. It makes my eyes bleed to see how they are being closed in this country Never will we get back that knowledge, that resource, the skill of the librarians. I wrote a love letter to some libraries in Liverpool that were to be closed, along with many other authors, and they have been saved. For now. Many more are in danger. I’ve got a post about it somewhere on my blog! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com


  2. E is for Enjoyable reading sessions!
    My background has been filled with BOOKS : Literature (My dad being an English Professor) and Lawyers (My half of the clan is of lawyers and count me in there too). But my sister is a library science graduate!
    For us books are precious and writers are indispensable.
    When I moved to the States after marriage, I first went straight to the library. I am lucky as it is just across the street. When people remark at me saying, “you must be feeling lonely here!” My answer startle them. “When the best men and women rest in my shelves and palms, I will be an idiot enough to call myself lonely.”

    Love Naqvee


  3. I’ve just found you on the A to Z list and I’m glad I did. I grew up in a time when libraries were everywhere and were cherished and appreciated. These days we seem to be in a world where we have to justify their existence. How sad is that? Without my local library I would not have rediscovered a love of reading as a teenager. Without that, I wouldn’t be a writer today. Libraries are a necessity, NOT a luxury!

    If you get a chance, pop over to my blog. I’m writing a flash fiction story for each letter. http://tdharveyauthor.com


    1. Happening in lots of places here – no political support at UK level. Many branches closed or handed over to volunteers. Not so bad in Scotland as in England, but still a problem. Very sad.


  4. I especially like Einstein’s quote. Finding the library was the first thing we did when we moved to Colorado from Oklahoma. After reading the other comments, I understand how lucky I’ve been. I’ve lived in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and now Colorado. In each of those states libraries are well and well-used.


  5. I am a writer and sometimes my critique group says that libraries are ENDANGERED! I hope not as we all benefit so much from them! I’ve also given talks at the library in my city about the topic of my book: how to live with vision impairment and the groups have been so attentive! The library stocks both my book, and the e-book version.
    Lovely topic and I’m grateful to all the librarians I’ve ever met.
    New reader with the blogging from A to Z Challenge


  6. Yup I’m here again with another thing that libraries provide. At my library system you can borrow Energy Meters… “This device is used to measure electrical energy consumed by electrical appliances. Instructions cover how to use it, average electrical energy usage of typical 120-volt household appliances, and easy ways to reduce energy use in the home.”


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