What’s good about libraries? L

Library A to Z: LI’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 L?

Languages; learning; leisure; lending / loans; librarians / library staff; literacy; literature; local studies; local to users.

Some L quotes:

Doris Lessing: With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.

John Lubbock: We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.

John Lydon: Libraries are the most important essential part of our culture and civilisation.

L is also for Love Letters to Libraries, a feature of last year’s Book Week Scotland, from Scottish Book Trust. The Guardian ran a similar series. Great reading! And, to finish off, try this short video on Libraries in the Internet Age.

Do you have any other suggestions for L?

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Anabel Marsh

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

2 thoughts on “What’s good about libraries? L”

  1. Great list! Lending and Literacy are really the basis for public libraries. I have one more “L word” for your list – Legal. Online legal resources including databases of legal forms that have replaced books and legal thrillers.

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