Friday, February 17, 2017

Five Reasons Libraries Are the Best

Last semester, I didn't have time to go to the library as much as I'd been doing for a while. I wasn't reading quite as much, I was actually getting through big chunks of my physical TBR (for once), and I'd discovered the wonders of my library's e-book collection. But I didn't realize how much I'd missed the library itself until I went back! And now that I've really learned to love them again, here are my top five reasons that libraries are some of the best places on earth.

Really, though, what bookworm doesn't love being surrounded by books as far as the eye can see? There's just something so wonderful about knowing that there are hundreds or even thousands of stories in every direction that you look.

Here's my main reason for loving libraries more than bookstores: if I find ten books at the library that I absolutely have to read right now, I can just check them all out then and the only bad thing that might happen is that I don't read them all before they're due. (And with how few other people put holds on the books I want at the library, I can pretty much always renew them.) If that same thing happens at a bookstore, it's really expensive, and I feel especially bad if I've picked out a book that I don't end up liking. I feel like I've wasted my money!

A lot of the time, I like being in the library so much that I don't want to leave. And I don't have to! (Unless the library closes, and then I can just hide in the bathrooms and spend the night...right?) In every library I've been in, there's at least one perfect, comfortable, secluded reading spot. And it's mine.

You can find an amazing amount of books at the library about an amazing number of things. From my own experience, new bookstores like B&N have a really good selection of new and popular books, while used bookstores have selections that are certainly interesting, but a bit unpredictable - basically, don't go in there looking for any one particular thing and expect to have a productive trip, unless that one thing is old books. Libraries are the perfect balance. You can find what you're looking for and things you didn't even know you were interested in!

I mean, if I've gone to a library, I usually don't want to talk to people, but librarians are pretty amazing! They all love books and reading as much as you do, and they're always so happy to see people come in and to help people, and basically I want to be as cool as a librarian when I grow up.

What's your favorite part about libraries? Does yours contribute to your never-ending TBR problem as much as mine does? Tell me in the comments!


  1. Love this post, the library deserves some love. The thing I love the most is the risk free reading. If I don't finish a book it's okay because I haven't spent any money on it. It means I can conquer my TBR and I don't have to spend a small fortune doing so, which is nice. It definitely is a blessing and a curse, though, it often distracts me from reading books I already own as there is a time constraint to me reading library books. Oh well.

    1. I didn't even think about DNFing books, but it's so true! I've been DNFing more lately, and I'm pretty sure they've all been library books. And I totally agree about distracting from reading books I already own - I think in the past month, I've read exactly one book on my physical TBR.

  2. I am a library fan of long standing, and you certainly got all the important reasons why here! I am lucky to live where the library is also a lovely space, and where they offer great free programs for kids (not just little ones). They also have a "library of things" that allows us to check out items as diverse as a stud finder, an ice cream maker, and a bocce ball set.

    1. That "library of things" sounds fascinating! I think my library has a puzzles section, and maybe a few other things, but I've never really explored those. I should really check them out! An ice cream maker would definitely be fun.