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Are libraries becoming extinct? Is the evolution of the Internet putting public libraries in the pages of history?

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Not in my neck of the woods they're not. I can look up information on the internet, but that doesn't replace actual physical books for me or my children. We visit the library weekly to borrow new books and participate in various community programs they have going on there.
I can't even imagine not having a library to frequent.
It would be a very sad day.
They just built a brand new one where I live, and it is big and has all the things it needs.

They will maybe not build as many.

But they will never become Extinct!
That is a given.
They are becoming endangered certainly.... lack of funding means that smaller libraries are having to close or combine and only big cities still seem to have libraries.
I haven't borrowed a book from one in years, it's so cheap and easy to buy books now that I can't think why I would want to have a borrowed book rather than a clean new one of my own to keep for as long as I want it!
$20 for a new paperback is not what I'd call cheap. There's no way I could read all the books I want if I had to buy them all!
Ah, must be different here in Europe - I reckon to spend no more than 4 on a paperback, which is slightly less than AUS$8 I think. And if you shop canny, then it's possible to get them for even less. Nearly all my Kindle books were free!
It is very different from Europe. Australians pay more for a few things, books and music among them. E-books obtained legally are more expensive for us too. If you compare Amazon.com with their .au store the prices are higher for us even when you take the exchange rate into account. I do get a lot of books for free though, for review purposes for www.acomfychair.com.
Good heavens I hope not. I do carry a ibrary crd. In the suburb where I work the library still occupies its original building which was constructed in 1872.
I really hope they do not go extinct. I love going to the library for myself and with my kids. I much prefer to hold an actual book and read it off paper than I do like to read off a screen.
I just rejoined the library because I found out I can borrow ebooks and magazines on my iPad! If libraries better publicised this kind of info they may save themselves from extinction as who doesn't like free things to read?!
Do they still exist ?
A resounding NO! With the facilities at my local Library, it's always full!

People book, CD, DVD browsing. Reading Newspapers. Collecting books to read. Using free computers. Looking at their own ITablets on free WiFi. Attending various talks by Guest Speakers.

Extinct? pffft!
I fully agree I do believe libraries be it public or academicals will be with us as long as people love to read.
by lotte
i completely agree. the libraries of today are wonderful.
by sandw
Libraries Extinct,no - never.
Reading and holding a book in your grasp can never be replaced even by eBooks.
Books are things of beauty and nothing looks nicer than a bookcase full of books.
I personally prefer books on factual rather than fiction although enjoy some older Sci-Fi books and classics like Alice in Wonderland,, Journey to the centre of the Earth, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes an many more.
Such classics and more yet to be written.
Libraries are a great place to sit quietly and read and of course learn
I'm studying this very course and a couple of assignments have delved into this issue. As long as there are people out there unable to afford internet costs at home (my mother is one) there will always be a place for libraries with access as nowadays, that's the only way to apply for jobs and do so many other things.
I hope not we need to keep our original ideas.
Modern technology is taking over.
I hope the answer is no because life without libraries would be very sad. However, where I live they have closed some of the suburban ones down so you have to go to the central one, which is new. I am not sure if the mobile library is still running either. I noticed that when Harry Potter came out, reading surged. Thank you, J.K. Rowling. There are some really good authors keeping kids reading, so I hope libraries will never vanish.
by Rice
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