Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today topic is Do you use your local library?
Do you have a local library you go to often? Does your school/did your school have a library?
Yes! My local library is just a short walk away and I’m there several times a week, whether it is to pick up holds, drop off books or to simply browse the shelves for my next read. My school did have a library – my elementary and middle schools especially had great collections and I often spent hours there. My high school library was much more limited and the titles were largely academic rather than for leisure reading and in university, while I did visit the library frequently to study there, I didn’t really check out many books.
What are your favorite things about libraries?
My favorite thing about libraries is the mood – it’s so quiet and peaceful, and it’s lovely to just find a comfortable chair and read, surrounded by books with no one to disturb me. I also love being able to browse the shelves and finding something I might not have come across at a bookstore.
Are there certain books you borrow from your local library more or less often than others?
My library is the first place I turn to for new titles and I often place them on hold as soon as they’re available in the catalogue, often several months before release date. In terms of types of books, the longer the book, the more I prefer to read a physical copy over a digital one. Historical fiction titles by some of my favorite authors are often over the 500 page count and I always get those from the library. There are also some authors in other genres whose books I like to get from the library for similar reasons, like Cassandra Clare or Sarah J Maas. Finally, if I know in advance that a book is slower paced or if I need to slow down and pay attention to the story more than usual, I choose to get those from the library because physical books help me focus easier. There is also, of course, the ebook and audiobook collection that I use regularly, though hold times are quite long, but I’m always surprised at how many titles are available and how up to date the catalogue is.
Do you use your local library? Share your thoughts in the comments below!