Libraries have always been considered as one of the best resources for expanding knowledge. Since the opening of the first three modern public libraries in 1833, their purpose was to serve all classes of the community with the access to knowledge. Public libraries are known for being a great place to study at, and they keep attracting more and more visitors, especially students, who are not only finding a peaceful place for studying, but also all the resources they may need in one place.
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“A library is the only single place you can go to learn something new, be comforted, terrified, thrilled, saddened, overjoyed, or excited all in one day. And for free.” – Amy Neftzger
There are many elements that can influence students or adults to choose the library as a first option for studying. In this post, however, you will read about the top five major reasons that attract students and adults to study at the library.
1. Public libraries offer fresh study spaces
Public libraries have a range of shared spaces that can be used for studying. It provides visitors with comfortable furniture that ensures that every visitor would feel a need to come back again and again. Divided spaces at the library allow visitors to choose the one according to their preferences, depending on the study task, if it requires privacy and to work alone or if it is a group work. Public libraries can also help to boost productivity; by completing their studies in a calm environment outside of home, students stay more focused, which allows them to finish more tasks in less time.
2. Access to technology
Technology has become a major part of the students’ learning process. Every education requires access to modern technologies that not every family are able to provide to their children. Public libraries offer a range of different online tools that students can access and use for their education. It is said for a reason that: “Libraries are now about more than just books.”. Some of the public libraries have spaces with desktop computers or laptops to offer for students, who need to find e-books, that the library cannot offer a physical version of, to complete assignments. Students are also able to use printing facilities at the public libraries for the assignments that require a hard copy document to be submitted.
3. Unique resources
Public libraries are a great place for students to learn and finish their assignments, individually or in groups. Some libraries offer unique resources, such as tutoring, class services etc., that provide students with access to information that can assist them in their learning process. Additionally, public libraries also offer recreational reading materials that can enhance the students’ minds by exploring various stories and topics.
4. Helpful librarians
Librarians are one of the major reasons why public libraries are so welcoming. They create a calm and relaxing atmosphere for students, who come to study and finish their assignments or enjoy the time with a book. Librarians are well prepared to answer all the research related questions and in most of the cases it would save a lot of time for students who need to find specific piece of information. Librarians are highly trained to welcome students with a variety of resources that are offered at their libraries and are always happy to help.
5. Study groups
While some people prefer studying alone in a private space, for others, studying with classmates or friends is the best working practice. Public libraries can offer rooms for the study groups, where they are able to make discussions and move forward with their study project or any other assignment. These are rooms with tables, chairs, screens, whiteboards, and other equipment that would enrich students’ productivity and engagement while working on their assignments.
Considering all the factors mentioned above, it can be confirmed that public libraries are one of the best places for studying, either alone or with a study group. Every student is warmly welcomed and well perceived by librarians, who always try to make the library users’ visits to the library an unforgettable experience. That is why most of the students choose to go to a public library and enjoy all the accessible resources at one place while studying in a peaceful and well-preserved environment.
Greta is a content writer for the Princh Library Blog. Princh, which is a printing solution designed specifically for and with public libraries, makes a consistent effort to provide advocacy for libraries and library professionals. The Princh blog discusses library specific topics that inform their readers of library trends, insights, technologies and more.
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Very comprehensive and informative.