I’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 I?
Images; imagination; inclusion; individual study; information; information commons; information literacy; information services; innovation; inspiration; inter-library loans (borrowing things from other libraries); internet.
Quotations by people with names beginning with I proved tricky – I couldn’t find any. Instead, I’ve chosen to write about Innerpeffray (shown above), Scotland’s first lending library and a favourite place of mine. David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, established Innerpeffray in 1680 for “the improvement and education of the population particularly the young students.” That is still a sound reason more than three centuries later, and journalist Marc Lambert used it as the basis of a Herald article in support of libraries in November 2014. In the same month, Alexander McCall Smith wrote a love letter to Innerpeffray as part of Book Week Scotland. If you get a chance, visit! Find the library on Twitter @Innerpeffray.
Do you have any other suggestions for I?