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High-Tech Public Libraries

Jul 15, 2008
The best place to get the information you need is always in a library. Public Libraries are provided by the government in order to provide access for all its constituents. Books can be read and borrowed in Public Libraries without any fees, only incurred penalties for late returns. In addition, with modern technology, most of the information you need can be obtained via a simple click.

Going to libraries are usually for nerds but at this day and age, you would not be caught dead without the right information in your head, no matter if you they would still call you a nerd. Better a nerd than with someone without a brain don't you think? Some people though find it lazy to go to the library and go over all the dust covered and delicate books. They opt to search for the information they need over the Internet. Not to mention the time they will be consuming and the effort of going through shelves and shelves of books. However, not all the information you need is in the Internet and it is not as reliable as compared to doing your research in a library. Don't you think they would eventually fade out if all the information can be taken out from the Internet already?

With the advancement in technology, libraries have become more important and the secrets inside it are due to the easy accessibility it can provide to the people. Computers in libraries have made it easier for people to look for the information they need faster. With programs designed specifically for usage inside libraries, people are more encouraged to learn and study, especially those who are not fortunate enough to have a personal PC or an Internet connection at home. Of course, their only place to seek for knowledge is the library.

Another thing that a library has aside from the information you seek is the atmosphere it emits to its visitor. Its quiet ambiance can really provide an atmosphere of learning for the people who go there. Feeling the knowledge of the rich history of the place itself will be enough to encourage you to go through the halls and search what interests you. Moreover, the knowledge of people who once walked through the halls and held those books were also able to make a difference in the world and will inspire you to do the same.

Here are several "upgraded" libraries.
The New York Public Library (NYPL)

This Public Library is considered as one of the leading public libraries in the world. It is also the largest in America and the largest research library systems in the world. It is also one of the five most important libraries in the United States. It is equipped with up to date electronic resources that make the information available for the public.

The Boston Public Library

This is the first library to allow people to borrow books and take them home so as to read it. Aside from this, the Boston Public Library is known as the largest municipal library and first large public library in America. It features free Wi-Fi internet access to the public throughout this library, along with its 27 branches. It maintains internet databases for catalogues and full text access.

The Library of Congress

Considered as the national library of the United States by default, it has the largest shelf space and is the most important library in the world. With millions of catalogued books and print materials that are set up in 470 languages, it also has the largest collection of manuscripts and rare books, newspapers and many more! You name it and the library of Congress may have a 99% chance that it is there.

With millions of digital objects available at its American Memory, nearly all the catalogs of this library can be checked on its website. On-line archives are also provided by the Library of Congress.

So far, these are the world-renowned libraries in the US. As An additional fact, in other parts of the globe, other world-renowned public library would include the:

British Library (BL)

The British national library is located in London and is one of the significant research libraries in the world. It holds millions of items of books, journals, magazines, music recordings, patents, and so much more, which can be accessed through the library's web site.

The National Library of New Zealand

New Zealand's public service department and legal deposit has the responsibility to enrich the cultural and economic existence of the country. In July 2004, the NDHS program was established along with the goal to improve the infrastructure and technological settings so that it can be preserved. A hardware and software system will be specially designed for the library in order to have the ability to maintain the conditions of its items throughout the years, making it still available for the people.

Thus, Public Libraries, not only hold books, but there are also those who showcase paintings, artifacts and other valuable memorabilia of the past.

These libraries are no longer mere pillars of books; they have become institutionalized in order to cater more learning and understanding to those who seek knowledge of the things around them and even beyond. There are so many things one can learn from reading the books itself, which no amount of media can withhold.
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