Are Libraries Still Necessary?

Since the beginning of time, libraries have been an important part of human culture. For
over thousands of years, people have met to discuss, gain, and impart wisdom in
libraries across the globe.

Unfortunately, in the twenty-first century, people are starting to rely more and more on technology than on these beautiful buildings stuffed with books, and are questioning the necessity of libraries today.

The fact is, more people visit libraries every year than they do any other establishment. There was actually a study in New York that showed that the number of people who attend sporting events, museums, live performances, zoos, etc., adds up to about 30 million. Though this seems to be a rather large number, the NYC libraries counted about 37 million visitors, meaning that libraries attract more people than all other attractions do – combined!

Despite this, some people are suggesting that we do away with these wonderful libraries in favor of the internet. However, not only has overexposure to screens been
proven to damage one’s eyesight, reading books online is not nearly as thrilling
or satisfying as holding an actual library book in one’s hand.

Notwithstanding this, there are some people who still believe that libraries can be replaced with a simple Google search. What these people refuse to understand, though, is that libraries have become so much more than a place to store books. Nowadays, one can enter a library and find jobs, homework help, and many other activities, such as trivia nights and book talks, ice-cream socials and reading programs, that enrich and empower the community.

For these reasons, it is as plain as day that these power plants of knowledge are exceedingly necessary for our society and our world to not only survive, but to thrive.

-Mahak M.

4 thoughts on “Are Libraries Still Necessary?

  1. I agree that it’s hard to replace the feeling of a real book in your hands; reading from a screen is just not the same. I also like how you took into account the impact libraries have on communities. Great post!

  2. I absolutely agree with you and I think that even though technology is a useful tool, we should not let it overpower us and take control over our lives. Future generations would miss all the wonderful memories if technology took over our lives and libraries became unnecessary.

  3. Libraries existed over several hundreds of years whereas internet was created only around 20 years ago. We experience the environment of studying and embrace this kind of book atmosphere in an actual place to interact with one another and to experience what people did in libraries hundreds of year ago. I totally agree!

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