The Library: It’s like an Internet cafe, but with books and no coffee

When I was younger, I used to go to the library all the time, specifically the one downtown because it had a much better selection than the smaller branches. Also, I didn’t havemuch of a life at the time, and I needed the excuse to go out.

Slowly, I came to a realization that I didn’t enjoy going to the library as much as I wanted to. There are four main groups of people you will always see in a public city library: students studying, parents with kids, employees, of course, and people who are either homeless or look like they’re homeless. And the majority of them are in front of computers because apparently going to the library to browse books for fun has been out of fashion for 20 years.

Because of this, I felt largely out of place whenever I would go to the library. For some reason, I always expected for other people in their 20s to browse the library bookshelves with me. I know, how unrealistic of me to expect that. Instead, I found myself literally the only one going through the bookshelves. I know. I know. It shouldn’t have bothered me, but it just felt strange being the only one browsing through books in a library while everyone else was just either sitting around, going through the DVDs or on a computer.

Also, I’ve slowly realized over the years that it is impossible for me to finish a stack of books and DVDs in three weeks. I always end up renewing three times and not finishing anything anyway. The closest library from me is only a ten minute walk, yet it always feels like I’m climbing Mount Everest every time I have to return them. Or being forced to go back to work after having heart surgery. I’m not sure.

I prefer having a collection of books and DVDs. Yes, I have to pay for them and, yes, they take up space, but I like having the choice to watch whatever I want whenever I want and not feel suffocated with the idea of finishing it and returning it. And they’re nice to look at. 🙂

I don’t see myself going to the library on a regular basis again. It’s just much easier and satisfying to watch DVDs and use streaming services. Heck, I’m only ever at the library when I need to print something, which is hardly ever anyway. I’m just not a big fan of going to the library as much as I used to be.

7 thoughts on “The Library: It’s like an Internet cafe, but with books and no coffee

  1. I used to love going to the library. Of course when I went dvds didn’t exist yet. I remember taking out cassette tapes and cds. I always came home with a pile of books.

  2. As a kid, I loved the library! It was my favourite part of school when we’d go on a class trip to the library. As an adult, I tried to use it but would just get lazy. Like you, I’d renew the books so many times – and still not read them. But in the last year or so, since I bought an e-reader, I’ve found the library is awesome for borrowing e-books online! It saves me a ton of money not having to buy the books and I don’t have to leave the house to get them or return them.

  3. I still go to the library often because I’m a student, but using DVD’s or e-reader seems like a great idea 🙂
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  4. Hey! I love your blog and I can relate haha. I don’t love going to the library anymore as much as I use to when I was a kid. I use to go and rent VHS movies and tons of books, but would hardly ever finish the books or even read most of them lol. I go sometimes here and there but not as much anymore. I don’t love it anymore like I use to.

  5. I realized that I’ve only been to a public library once in 15+ years. I think we still need libraries because although there are some (like me) who don’t really go, there are others who actually need to rely on it for resources.

  6. It’s been forever since I’ve been to a library, I liked browsing the isles but I stopped going the same reason I stop renting movies, because I forget to turn things in tbh. This is why I perfer buying it myself.

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