The humble library, one of the many places to have been hit hardest by the disastrous Covid-19. Shut for months, many many jobs at risks and so many great books lay untouched along the shelves; unread and deserted. In the same way secondhand clothes shopping has risen to gargantuan heights, the local library has seen its popularity grow in recent years too.
Libraries form a vital part of each community, serving a purpose beyond the borrowing of a book. They are the lifeblood of a community; a place for everyone within society to lean on, with it estimated 233.1 million people visit their local library each year [1.] Your local library is a sustainable way to provide both children and adults; there is information to learn and develop, both through books and online.
‘Libraries digital catalogues during this years lockdown period, saw an incredible 146% increased surge in the public borrowing Ebooks’
As I alluded to in the title; it truly does feel now, more than ever places such as the library need you, the public, to support them; alongside so many other businesses. A community library benefits a whole lot more from the borrowing of a book compared to yet ~another~ purchase off Amazon, that only lines the pockets of Jeff Bezos’ already too big pockets.
Interestingly, libraries digital catalogues during this years lockdown period, saw an incredible 146% increased surge in the public borrowing Ebooks, around an additional 3.5million in the UK alone [2.]
Your local library is a sustainable way to provide both children and adults with information to learn and develop, both through books and online.
The act of borrowing books is too, of course, a favourable way to sustain a Low Waste lifestyle. If you thrive off minimalism, reading and returning a book really is the best of both worlds.
So, if you do anything this next week (or weekend) how about visit your local library; have I convinced you enough yet.. I do hope I have!