Library – Short Essay 1.
A Library is a place where a large number of books are stored, collected and offered for reference and borrowing. This facility is provided by the library either in exchange for a monthly subscription fee that the members have to pay, or for a pay-as-you-use basis where you pay every time you use the service, and in some specific libraries this is also offered free of cost.
Infrastructure, Arrangement and Facilities: So the Library typically begins with an individual, group of individuals or an Organisation [more common] that wants to start the Library.
When an Organisation like a School, College, Institute or a University starts a Library this is generally a big-sized one, that is focused more on the academic, research or other goals of the Organisation. It begins with the allocation of funds and arrangement of a location or a building or a part of building as a storage space for the books. Then depending on the objectives of the Library whether for entertainment, academic, research, reference or a combination of these, the process of collecting the necessary books is started. When the minimum number of necessary books are available with the Library, it is opened for its target readers to use. Of course the process of collection of new books in an ongoing one, throughout the life span of the Library. The books are arranged on books shelves, and in separate spaces or even separate rooms or floors depending on the topics and number of books to be accommodated. The Library generally also offers adequate tables, chairs, and reading space for readers to browse through and refer through books at their leisure before borrowing them.
Traditional vs Modern: The modern libraries are semi or altogether Online Libraries. With the availability of the internet and computers, a lot of books have been transferred online as soft copies that can be accessed and read using your online devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. As a consequence, parts of a modern Library or even the entire Library is nowadays available online through the Library website, where you can access and read each and every book.
Both traditional and modern libraries are a source of learning and entertainment to all.
Library – Short Essay 2.
This short article on Library explains what a Library is, its sections, its benefits and uses, and a conclusion.
What is a Library?
The library is a place where there is a large collection of books. Libraries are of two kinds – public and private.
Some people are very fond of books and collect them to satisfy their thirst for knowledge. They go to public libraries which are open to all and anybody can go and read the books.
Some people like lawyers, chartered accountants, doctors, etc., have to consult many books in connection with their respective professions. So, they have to maintain a library of their own. These are private libraries.
Sections of a Library
Public libraries have got two sections generally. One is the reading-room section and the other is the issue section. In the reading-room varieties of newspapers, weeklies, and monthly magazines are placed on the tables. Anybody can go and read them. A catalog of books is maintained by the librarian. Everybody can consult this catalog and get any book issued for reading in the reading-room.
In the issue section a list of members is maintained. The members have to pay a small monthly subscription. They have also to pay an initial deposit as a security for the books. Then they can get books for use at home. The rules regarding issue of books for home-use different from library to library.
Benefits and Uses
The library is a very useful institution. It is not possible for everybody to purchase books on every subject. In the library the same books pass through several hands by rotation. A man can read a large number of books at a very little cost or even no cost. It is a fit place for close and careful study. Here, there is no disturbance and everybody can read with rapt attention.
The library helps a good deal in spreading knowledge and education. Many books are so costly that a man of average means cannot purchase them. People can derive benefit from these books by consulting them in the library.
Libraries play an important part in fighting against illiteracy. In India, there are very few good libraries. There is great need for opening a library in each village. Only then can the huge illiteracy prevailing in Indian villages be removed.
By Dinesh Saraf