Pictures of libraries and books
World's Best Library Stock Pictures, Photos, and Images - Getty ImagesAs the days grow shorter, one might feel a strong urge to find a warm place indoors and cozy up to a good book. As much as our world hurtles toward digitized information, physical books remain popular, useful, and revered items. We share, use, collect, and read billions of books every year, and we house our most treasured ones in libraries, in some of the most remarkable architecture around the world. And for those who cannot access these amazing buildings, there are volunteers who fill the need as they can, creating mobile libraries to bring books to people in remote places. Today, a visual feast—glimpses of libraries big and small, new and old, from across the globe.
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The number is actually increasing. In , 75 percent of Americans associated libraries with books, up from 69 percent in This broadening of the definition of book complicates one of the primary functions of the public library, which is connecting people to information, education, and enrichment mostly in the form of books at no direct cost to the seeker as a taxfunded public good.
Library Pictures, Images and Stock Photos
Images have a huge stopping power. Which topics are most popular? All kinds of comic strips, drawings, charts, doodles, and — obviously — quotes. The more minimalist the design, the better! Original, thought-provoking quotes cooked by smart people around the internet are extremely successful, too.
Libraries have always had a broad educational mission, yet many of us associate libraries with a single specific tool of education: books. For us to fully appreciate the value of libraries, our public discourse needs to move beyond that image and recognize the full spectrum of services and programs that libraries provide. This past Saturday, Forbes published — and quickly removed — an op-ed by economist Panos Mourdoukoutas arguing that Amazon has made libraries obsolete and irrelevant. Both responses were spot-on, but neither corrected the over-emphasis on books. They were far from the only ones responding incredulously. Among other critiques, they wrote about inequality and the digital divide and the breadth of library programs.