I admit through out my life libraries never really played to big of a role in my life. It wasn't that l didn't read, quite the opposite. Since grade eight, l usually have at least one book on the go.
When l was younger, l couldn't get into town on a regular basis to check out books. When l did end up getting a car, l was employed and usually bought my books at the various book stores. Who needed deadlines to return books?
Now flip forward many years, l recently gained my appreciation for libraries when l started travelling for work over a year ago. Then l was travelling by plane, and landing all over Canada and the USA. Sometimes between appointments in the small little towns l worked in l would need to kill time. Libraries were warm (or cool - depending on the season), had free Wi-Fi, an electrical plug for my laptop, a place where l could work if the hotel was far away, and they usually quiet.
When l came back to Toronto 4 months ago, l once again fully appreciated the local library. The free unlimited Wi-Fi helped me look for a job and entertained me when l was tired/fed up for the day of looking for a job. This time l even signed up for a library card, l checked out DVD's, and some books.
The other day l was contemplating buying a book l had heard the buzz about on the Internet. I had a bright idea of checking out online if the local library had this book. I highly doubted it, and l was proven right. They didn't have the book in their catalogue. However there was a spot for me to put my name down to request it. My name would remain on file for one year, and they would notify me by e-mail when the book was available.
Imagine my shock when l got that e-mail late last night. The book l requested was in. Two days, that's all it took. Amazon couldn't even guarantee me a book that fast with out costing me extra, and here l am getting it for FREE. I love libraries!!!