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When did you last go to the library?

Adrian_Scope
Adrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 10,599 Scope online community team
My youngest is off to the library today and I realised I can't remember the last time I went. 

When did you last go to the library and do you go regularly?
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  • Beaver79
    Beaver79 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 15,032 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 2023
    The library in my town closed and the nearest one is now five miles away. I have never been to this one. I now buy books and swop with friends.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
    Good question, that. I think I went to a library in 2011. I was trying to sell a MacBook to CEX and they needed me to provide a link or something from their website. This was in the days before getting internet everywhere via your phone (well, it was for me) so we popped into the nearest library to use a computer.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 10,599 Scope online community team
    Beaver79 said:
    The library in my town closed and the nearest one is now five miles away. I have never been to this one. I now buy books and swop with friends.
    It's a shame so many of them are closing. Five miles is a long way to travel and adds costs which would put most people off. 
    Swapping books with friends is a great idea. Do you have set dates for swaps or just pass books along to eachother once you've finished? 
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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 10,599 Scope online community team
    66Mustang said:
    Good question, that. I think I went to a library in 2011. I was trying to sell a MacBook to CEX and they needed me to provide a link or something from their website. This was in the days before getting internet everywhere via your phone (well, it was for me) so we popped into the nearest library to use a computer.
    That was quick thinking, I'd have travelled the whole way home and forgotten that was an option!
    Can you think of any reason you'd visit a library now?
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,013 Disability Gamechanger
    @Adrian_Scope

    I don't really read at the moment, but I would go there for books if I was a reader. We are fortunate to have a library in our town though it only opens one day every fortnight.

    If I get to go to university in future I hope to spend time in the library looking into my subject! :)

    We also have a church we go to sometimes where they sell donated second hand books for the benefit of the church. My family often take books from there and put a few pounds in the honesty box. It's a nice system. Once or twice, we couldn't afford to pay but we instead left several times more books than we took away so we felt we acted honourably. :)
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    I think it has been about 4 years since I visited a library! I was a student with pending deadlines and there was some building work happening where I live - too loud for me  :D

    So I went to the library to focus. Now, as @66Mustang said, I would go to get books to read - though I have not done that in such a long time. 

    Gutting to hear most libraries are closing/reducing their service hours though  :( Sensing a library trip soon to keep my local library open! 
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  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,555 Disability Gamechanger
    Probably around 20 years ago!  :#

    I just never got into books.  Can't really visualise things through reading words alone, I'd much rather watch documentaries or films on TV, or nowadays use the internet for high quality images and videos alongside the words.
  • WelshBlue
    WelshBlue Community member Posts: 703 Pioneering
    I used to go once a week to pick 3 books at a time but got a kindle and started using that.
    Mainly because the print became too small.  My wife reckons my kindle text is like a Peter & Jane book  :p
    Free books from Prime keep me going with boxsets and free books from other sites

    I still use the library for printing stuff out, 10p a sheet makes a lot more sense to me than buying ink that dries up from not being used

    One thing about the library I miss from not going so often - the smell of books.  All those words in print
  • Beaver79
    Beaver79 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 15,032 Disability Gamechanger
    Beaver79 said:
    The library in my town closed and the nearest one is now five miles away. I have never been to this one. I now buy books and swop with friends.
    It's a shame so many of them are closing. Five miles is a long way to travel and adds costs which would put most people off. 
    Swapping books with friends is a great idea. Do you have set dates for swaps or just pass books along to eachother once you've finished? 
    Four of us meet up once a month for lunch, we swop any books we have read then. It works well.
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
    4 years ago (which was the first time for around 8 years prior), got told I was banned for abusive behaviour as soon as I walked in the door which obviously they mistaken me for someone else so never have or will go back. No need to go anyway.
  • Cressida
    Cressida Community member Posts: 1,004 Pioneering
    I go to my local library fairly regularly. I love it. I went a couple of weeks ago to print out a document. The staff are really friendly. We have open access so you even go to the library when there are no staff present. 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,421 Disability Gamechanger
    About 3 years took the grandchild I don't go personally as I use Google to find out things I Need
  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 423 Pioneering
    Thankfully our town fought and won keeping our library open 5 days per week. I love libraries. When I love house I’ll join the library in my new town. It’s great fun going and getting out new books.
  • Steve_in_The_City
    Steve_in_The_City Scope Member Posts: 511 Pioneering
    I've used libraries all my life. I think the library service is a fantastic institution, part of the fabric of our society. I am sorry to see that some are closing. I use 2 regularly. For me, going to the library is a social occasion because I always bump in to people I know and can have a natter with. I went to the library on Friday for books. I was there again today, Saturday, because the library is part of a large complex and there is a lovely patio area attached where I can sit in the sunshine.
  • rustledjimm
    rustledjimm Community member Posts: 91 Pioneering
    I didn't go to a library for *years* until recently. I've got back into reading lately and with how money is even the small library my town has is just amazing.
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  • AlexW_Scope
    AlexW_Scope Scope Posts: 224 Pioneering
    I love libraries too. I used to have a library just round the corner and went regularly. Now it's a bus into town so I've got out of the habit sadly. 
  • C_J
    C_J Community member Posts: 715 Pioneering
    Wow never thought about that and I'm an avid reader but I haven't been to the library in years I've even got a kindle that I've not used in a long while as I prefer a book and I'm often looking in the charity shop for books.
  • AlexW_Scope
    AlexW_Scope Scope Posts: 224 Pioneering
    You can borrow ebooks and audio books from libraries too
  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 7,018 Disability Gamechanger
    We've been discussing what we've been reading over in The Book Nook, if anyone wants to join in! :)

    Last time I went to the library was during my university years... I don't even want to mention how many years ago that was! 
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  • iza
    iza Scope Member Posts: 703 Pioneering
    Hi, I love books and I can’t live without them. I went there about 2 months ago as it was only place I could go as all my friends were away from uk. I went to chill out and look for photo albums in hope I can gain my creativity vibes back ( I feel burnt out a bit at the moment as I list my creative muse). It was my first time since lockdowns. But I buy books always when I am in Poland or I pick up from swap box at one of local communities. 

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