Bob Harris: Libraries help users discover more information
For years I have been hearing people say, “We don’t need libraries, because everything is on the Internet.” Not true on both counts, I say! Yes, a lot of things are on the Internet, but why are libraries still valuable in the Internet age? Let me count the ways.
Our library serves everyone who comes to us, including those without money, education, social connections or even good literacy skills. We provide Internet access to all, as not everyone can afford the computer hardware or data plans. We serve you where you are in life — trying to find a job, buying your first house, learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby or any of a thousand other things.
Libraries are a “third place.” Our building and grounds, and our programs, are a great place to connect with friends and strangers. You can leave the busy office and have a moment of peace, or come to a program for an impassioned dialogue with others, including experts in various fields.
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