Libraries are free, fun and useful for everyone.
- If you have young kids, there are storytimes to entertain children and help them develop an early love of books and reading.
- For teens, there are quiet places to study, homework clubs and library staff to advise about where to go for information.
- Libraries have books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers in many languages and if you can't find what you're looking for, your local library can often arrange to borrow a book from elsewhere.
- If you have some spare time, libraries are often looking for volunteers to help run events and activities.
Becoming a library user can add an extra dimension to your life.
“I don't know what I'd do without my library, I couldn't afford to buy all the books I read.”
“My library is a lifesaver during the school holidays. Where else can you go that will keep kids entertained for a couple of hours and it's completely free?”
“Retirement sounds good when you're working, but the reality is that after a few weeks you can get really bored. I spend the best part of a day a week working at my local library and it means I enjoy the rest of the time more because I feel I deserve it.”
“I love that the library is for everyone, young and old, people from all cultures. I love that it crosses barriers and unites us all.”
“I don't have a computer at home so I go to the library to catch up on emails. Without their PCs, I wouldn't be able to stay in touch.”
“I can download ebooks from the library's website, without even going into town.”