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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The fact that some people think libraries still use "card catalogues" shows that they haven't used a library in the last 10 years. Yes, I agree, many services are now online, including the library catalog and many other library services. You can use your library card to download e-books and audio books online for free. These are NOT available freely online. They are subscription services the library pays for on your behalf. Sure, if you are a fan of Austin or any other author that is out of copyright, you can probably find it online. But if you want to read something a bit more modern (published within the last 70 years, which is still under copyright) you need a library card to get it for free. I'm not sure why the myth that everything is available online persists. It's simply not true.
Yes, many library patrons are using the computers for leisure purposes. They are using books for the same reason! Why should we discriminate? Libraries fill a digital divide that is growing between privileged people who can afford a computer & internet connection, and those who can't. They are helping people apply for jobs, promoting literacy, and helping people keep their sanity during trying times through leisure reading, DVDs, etc. Libraries are community centers extraordinaire, providing myriad services and resources. The need for them now is greater than ever.
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