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Thread: Libraries,a waste of the taxpayers money (corrected because the spelling would offend most taxpayers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Know it View Post
    I wonder how many other countries have free libraries ?
    Most do,North America,Australia,NZ,Europe all funded by taxes.
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    It seems to me that just because the thread starter doesn't use a library, he can't see the point of them and would prefer them to be closed. I don't use them, but understand that many people do (especially around me as there are plenty of old folk). Maybe we should ban motorbikes - Noisy. Dangerous. I don't ride one, I don't like them.
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    I was in Didcot a couple of weeks back visiting family and we were in town. My daughter in law had an appointment so we popped into the library. They had a room for children with a large wooden train for kids to play on. There was also a mass of children's books so I sat down with 3 years old grandson and read some with him. It was a great way to pass the time with other kids and parents and so educational for the little one.
    I don't mind the little bit of council tax that goes on libraries, it's good value for money. My wife reads books from the library, too. It's ecologically better to share books.
    I've never really got into Kindle type books, it's not quite the same as the printed word on paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I've never really got into Kindle type books, it's not quite the same as the printed word on paper.

    My wife reads Kindle books regularly. I doubt I could read the limited edition Pilgrims Progress a friend gave me in Kindle version, Unless they do a Kindle with an A3 sized screen.
    I have many similar sized books. (No, not big print children's books before the usual idiots, sorry suspects, make any comment.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lankou View Post
    My wife reads Kindle books regularly. I doubt I could read the limited edition Pilgrims Progress a friend gave me in Kindle version, Unless they do a Kindle with an A3 sized screen.
    I have many similar sized books. (No, not big print children's books before the usual idiots, sorry suspects, make any comment.)
    No one should be made to read Pilgrims Progress, even with pictures and extra large type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borchester View Post
    No one should be made to read Pilgrims Progress, even with pictures and extra large type.
    My limited edition does not have extra large type, and no-one has pressured me into reading it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boggart View Post
    It seems to me that just because the thread starter doesn't use a library, he can't see the point of them and would prefer them to be closed. I don't use them, but understand that many people do (especially around me as there are plenty of old folk). Maybe we should ban motorbikes - Noisy. Dangerous. I don't ride one, I don't like them.
    In which case I suggest you read my thread and my posts properly then. I have said many times that having a free library is a good thing, as it is having a free cinema, free cars, free holidays, and free visits to see your favourite sports team. Perhaps if we got rid of public libraries we could have free prescriptions, and possibly free parking at hospitals. My point is that many ESSENTIAL services have been cut as a resort of austerity, and whilst libraries may be a nice thing to have for a small minority, the usage has dropped by 31% since 2005. Let's face it, libraries are a very expensive non essential luxury. There is a very weak argument that they are a necessity if the people of this country are to carry on developing, but I would argue that the majority of students don't use them either. The services other than books can be obtained elsewhere, and there is no logical reason why the government couldn't supply an online service for non fiction, at a fraction of the cost of the upkeep of thousands of libraries

    It is of no relevance what so ever if I don't use them, or you do, the debate is whether the cost justifies a community return, and I very much propose it doesn't.

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