The Library of Today

One of my first blog posts was  about the public library system and how the library has always been part of my life. (https://wordpress.com/post/paperpenandmug.com/114)

The only thing which sometimes irritated me was renewing a book which usually happened just when time was tight, or I was laid up.  This morning I got a reminder that my book would be shortly overdue.  I was trying to work out when I could get down to the library when I read my text message again.  There was a link to a website so I could renew online.

Isn’t it amazing how things have changed and changed so fast?  I can now go online to search for a book and that book, if it is available, can be sent to my local library for collection.  I have now learnt I can renew a book online.  Then this book can be returned to my nearest library.  So, if I was for example on holidays in Galway and finished reading the book, I can return it to one of the libraries in Galway.  How amazing is that?

 

 

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Such a difference from queueing outside a library to sitting at my craft table, logging in, locating a book and having it delivered to my local library. Then when collecting it having a chat with a librarian, browsing the shelves just on the off chance there is another book which catches my eye and still enjoying the adventure of my local library.

I can’t forget the option of reading online. This is becoming a great resource for those who for one reason or another cannot access the physical book.  However, the mental image of a library will always be my very first public library and its beautiful stained-glass window with the light shining through.  It added to the excitement of the endless possibilities for escape.

possibilites for escape.Rathmines Library

8 thoughts on “The Library of Today

  1. Mairin Fionnbharra November 7, 2019 — 5:21 pm

    Nice one on the Libraries Nóilín

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  2. I volunteer in the library so try to encourage people to explore the online service for renewing and reserving books. When someone recommends a book to me I either reserve it there and then or add it to a waiting list of books on my online account.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
      That is a great tip to reserve a recommended book.

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  3. I have so many happy memories of visiting the library with my dad. It was one of the few times I got one on one time with him as I came from a large family. He and I loved going to the library.
    I have just finished a book called The Library Book which is the story of the Los Angeles Library. A fascinating read. It highlights how the library is also a place of refuge for those who may not have a place of safety during the day.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.
      What a wonderful memory to have of your father.
      Thank you for the referencing the the book. I will definitely look it up.

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  4. I also like the telephonic and electronic renewal systems; we have them here in Cape Town, RSA, too.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
      It is great to see how the public library is growing with each electronic system update and so remaining accessible.

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