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Fictional Libraries We Wish Were Real

Hogwarts LibraryHarry Potter

 

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The Hogwarts library is by far the most well-known when it comes to modern literature and pop culture. Our favorite trio of student wizards often sought out answers to problems from books in the library (magical stones, spells to breathe underwater, regular teenage stuff). Who among us didn’t dream of attending Hogwarts? Or of sneaking into the restricted section of the library under a cloak of invisibility?

 

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Beast’s Librarybeauty and the beast

 

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This library, literally from a fairytale, is as dreamy as you can imagine! Were you as shocked and surprised as bookworm Belle when you first saw the Beast’s library? Who wasn’t jealous of her for being gifted this incredible room? It almost makes the whole hostage thing okay.

 

 

Jedi archives, star wars

 

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Just imagine historical records dating back thousands of years, with maps and geographical archives of entire galaxies. This library literally contained ALL the information about cultures and species spanning centuries of time and space. All of that knowledge in one place sounds like the most complete library to ever exist (in our minds, at least).

 

 

the library, Doctor who

 

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A planet-sized library containing every book ever written? Sounds like the perfect planet to me. It even has a teleportation system to ensure that you can find your next read with immense speed. I can’t think of a better planet to live in than this one!

Sunnydale high library, buffy the vampire slayer

 

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The nostalgia is creeping in with this 90’s cult classic. Who didn’t want to have old supernatural texts and medieval weapons in their school library? So many emotional moments happened to the Scooby Gang in this very spot. With a library like that, we definitely wouldn’t mind staying after school to study.

 

Erudite headquarters, The divergent series

 

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Described as a large library with bookshelves covering the walls, the compound is where Erudite members study and work in their expertise: knowledge. Thought to be set in a dystopian version of Chicago’s Millenium Park, we’re pretty sure this tops the “Bean” sculpture when it comes to tourism.

 

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The breakfast club libraryThe Breakfast club

 

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The Breakfast Club library was where a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal found out they weren’t so different after all. Not only did this movie give us all the feels, but it sort of made us want to be sent to detention. This one’s less about the books and more about the iconic moments and relationships built amongst them.

Which library do you wish was real? Check out the video in full here.

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9 Great Ways to Support Your Local Library

Don’t we all just adore public libraries? The old buildings, the selection, the smell of aging books. It’s a deeply comforting environment, and then when you leave, you can take books with you! They’re warm in the winter, they’re just about everywhere, and they’re full of possibilities. What can we do to give back a little?

 

Check Out Books

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And really, how can you help yourself? I walk into the library thinking I’ll just take a look around, but I always leave with more books than I can carry. If it’s bad weather or you don’t feel like going outside, you can get ebooks and audiobooks online from many library systems. It lets the government know people use the libraries, which helps them get funding!

 

Go To Events

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Libraries have all kinds of events. Reading days, movie nights, classes and workshops. Want to watch an old horror movie, or learn excel, or meet an author? Check your library’s calendar of events and go to anything that seems interesting. Plus, it’ll make you cool! See above for how it helps.

 

Ask Questions

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Need a particular book or a book on a particular topic? You can also just ASK a librarian about upcoming events. Library use and attendance effect library funding, but so does engagement like asking questions. As long as it’s not too busy, ask for info or where a section or book is. Again, they take note of this to prove people use libraries.

 

Ask for Library Funding

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I can’t find an example, but I swear sometimes, when you go into your library, there are forms and petitions you can sign or fill out and mail or give to the librarians, saying libraries are useful and important, to show they’re needed and necessary. Ask your librarian if you don’t see anything! You can also do stuff like this yourself, but you know, if you’re there.

 

Spread the Word

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So true story, I got (lightly) bullied in highschool for reading LIBRARY books in the hallway, like that something for OLD people, but I still rep the library whenever I can. I find it especially ridiculous when people want to buy ebooks they don’t even know if they’ll like! I mean, buy books, but support the library too! Tell your friends.

 

Start a Book Club

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This is also something that get stereotyped as not for cool kids, but what’s cooler than sharing books you love with your friends and then all talking about it, and learning their favorites? It’s cool stuff, it’s a great way to get exposure to new books and new genres you may never read otherwise. Plus, you can all check out the books, and maybe even meet at the library!

 

Volunteer

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It seems obvious, but libraries always need volunteers! If you’ve got anything like time, fill out an application to volunteer, or go in person and ask what you can do. Some libraries also need teachers to run internet and literacy classes, or even just to read aloud to kids. But there’s lots to be done! If you have actual real life skills, you can probably put them to use.

 

Buy Library Merch

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Book nerd, but make it fashion. Okay, this photo has shirts, but there’s lots of stuff you can get from library stores! Totes, magnets, whatever you can think of, and all library themed! I get into trouble in museum stores, but library stores? Please. You’re going to have to DRAG me away. Not every library has a store, but most systems have them, so look it up ahead of time.

 

Buy Books

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Libraries also sell books sometimes! These are either old library copies which have been replaced or rendered obsolete, or they’re books people have donated, most of which aren’t really suitable for adding to the catalog, for whatever reason. But you can buy them! And the money supports the library. You can also donate to these kinds of sales.

 

Donate

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Obviously, if you can, just actually donating helps a great deal. You can become a contributing member with a regular donation, or just give once. If you’re going to do the latter, wait until someone’s matching (many companies and organizations do this) so that your donation is used to the absolute best effect, no matter what you can actually give.

 

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Forget About The eBook, At Least At Your Local Library

In this era of new-age technology overshadowing old-school technology, many readers have turned towards E-books to fulfill their desire for books. The everlasting battle of e-books versus printed books has been going on for years, psychologists and scientists examined the pros and cons of both.

News has just been released that puts the love for the e-book on a break as it turns out that Publishers across the country are hoping to increase sales for e-books by putting restrictions onto libraries.

 

 

For the book nerds out there who frequent their local library, if you’re hoping to download any e-books, a long wait is what you’ll be stuck with.

 

The Buffalo News put together a timeline of the slow domino effect that leads us to where we are today.

All of the limitations on library ebooks began this past June. Hachette Book Group started requiring that libraries pay for their ebooks every two years. After that other companies began to follow suit.

 

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Macmillan Publishers, for example, has placed a limiting embargo on their newest releases. These ebooks will be purchased by libraries in the end, but they will have to wait eight weeks for that. Until then, libraries are left with two options.

 

The first is to either wait the eight weeks and then buy multiple copies of these e-books at a cost of $60 per copy, the library system would then gain the right to circulate each e-book copy, but only for two years. Option number two is to buy and circulate one copy of the newly released e-book right away, at a discounted cost of $30. That purchase would allow the system to circulate that single copy forever, but it would also mean initial wait times would explode since only a single copy would be available.

 

There is also the option for libraries to buy one $30 copy of the book right away, then buy more $60 copies after eight weeks, but that is a lot of money for a public institution.

 

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The argument that publishers are stating is that they were losing more money in their ebook sales, and that the restrictions and bans are a necessity, but Libraries are fighting back with a ban of their own by boycotting books from these publishers.

 

Macmillan is a big one that’s being boycotted, at least for its ebooks.

 

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Melody Sky Eisler, director of the Port Townsend Public Library | Image via Port TownsendLeader

 

The news publication, The Leader shared a statement from Melody Sky Eisler, director of the Port Townsend Public Library, on behalf of her library and the Jefferson County Library, about what the Cooperative Libraries of the Eastern Olympics (CLEO) have decided to do.

 

Public libraries promote equitable access to information and resources, while encouraging a lifelong love of reading, Eisler stated. However, publishers have recently moved to charge libraries significantly more for eBooks and eAudiobooks than regular consumers, requiring libraries to re-purchase materials after 24 months, and are now embargoing new publications for months at a time…

According to Eisler, this removes the ease of access that the city and county libraries strive to deliver to patrons — and taxpayers! — and incurs increased expenses for libraries.

 

 

With everything going on with these embargos, it may take several months before you can download any copy of a library’s ebook, that is if they’re chosen to have any at all.

 

 

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No Late Fees at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphians will now be able to access library books without worrying about a late fee. This past Wednesday, there was a vote from the board of trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia to approve a measure to drop late fees on most overdue books. The board is excited to welcome past customers who have overdue books and other materials back into the library.

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The board of trustees chair, Pamela Dembe, says “We are delighted to be able to join libraries from across the country in removing overdue materials fines as a barriers for customers”. They are also looking forward to welcoming back patrons who have had missing items for a long time. As for right now, the date for this change is yet to be determined, but for now most items don’t have a late fee. Only those items that are lost or destroyed have fees, and those fees are the cost of the item. However if the item is returned or replaced there is no fine.

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The library will remain under it’s current policy until training for staff has been completed and logistical and technical policies have been put in place.

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