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Borrowing ebooks from the Library… March 11, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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I’m so out of the loop. I only learned about this last weekend, the public library ebooks loan system. I like ebooks a lot, portable – etc. And loaning them from the state is right up my street. On the other hand I also think that the library as an institution that is visited is important too. At least once a month, usually the first Saturday, I try to get to the Central Library. I don’t tend to borrow fiction, got enough of that, but non-fiction, there’s hardly a better resource.

What do people think?

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1. sonofstan - March 11, 2017

did a quick survey in class recently about library use among students; they love ebooks, but appreciate the library space as somewhere to work. The physical books on the shelves are merely decorative in most cases.

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2. fence - March 11, 2017

I’m biased, in that I’m a librarian, but I love libraries 🙂 And I love ebooks, so ebooks from the library is just awesome.

(I’ll put my marketing hat on, and say you can also search ProQuest, read Digital magazines, learn a language with Mango, and take an online class on hundreds of different topics with your library card, so there’s plenty on offer for people, its trying to alert those interested that’s the problem.)

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WorldbyStorm - March 11, 2017

I like the idea of ebooks from the library too tbh. Just as long as the physical infrastructure isn’t jettisoned.

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fence - March 12, 2017

Totally agree. Not everyone wants to, or can access digital material. The physical library has a very important role to play too. More important in many many ways.

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Tomboktu - March 12, 2017

The physical library has a very important role to play too. More important in many many ways.
Yes. The place for children to go after school and do things with other kinds or explore books on their own, the place where people can go for local or specialist information that is not to be found easily on the Internet…

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3. EWI - March 11, 2017

I think that now’s as good a time as ever to remember the likes of Róisín Walsh (Breathnach) and PJ Stephenson, respectively the first and second Dublin City Librarians in turn, who were responsible for building the modern city library system as we know it (and both unforgivably forgotten Irish socialist radicals).

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