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physically open I mean so you can see the librarians and read the REAL books lol
the online libraries operate 24/7 and have never closed unless your internet connection is severed. But its the librarians who actually set it all up so you can use it for free. They were working all that time.
I guess people didnt understand what an OPAC is. We had that years before and few people used it, and now that many people have smartphones and devices it has taken off like a rocket. we had touch screen self checkouts for books a full decade before they appeared in retail shops.
Hopefully, you did not have any overdue ones. You must be a prolific reader. I was averaging a book a week for years but then I got mentally lazy and stopped reading. Still, I would say that reading is one of life's simple pleasures. That was indeed a very good report that you provided.
I guess people didn't understand what an OPAC is. We had that years before and few people used it, and now that many people have smartphones and devices it has taken off like a rocket. we had touch screen self checkouts for books a full decade before they appeared in retail shops.
OPAC? Yeah, those are the countries that gouge other countries by collusion on setting oil prices. No, that's not right. OK, OPEC. My bad. Now, what is OPAC again? Did a googly and learned that it's an Online Public Assess Catalog. Don't have a smart phone though, just a simple TracFone.
Even more good news is that library budgets have been approved and I can buy new books.
My public library was phoning those over 70 as they do home delivery service, for those who are housebound. They were doing this before lockdown for years. If you are a member you can sign up and get books delivered to places like resthomes for free and the librarian comes to visit you once a month.
Membership is free if you are a resident in the area, but anyone can use the library even if you are a visitor, you are just not allowed to borrow. Even computers and wi-fi are free. the wi-fi was turned off during lockdown to stop people from congregating. (and to protect the librarians, who deal with the public everyday).
People who couldnt borrow books can subscribe for free to access e-books and also digital magazines and databases. Usually the library would buy copies in hardback over e-books though they have not solely gone for e-books. But they are the biggest provider and you dont need to pay if you are a member. The library pays for that infrastructure so you can have FREE access.
only the main bigger libraries are opening first here.
I went in and borrowed a few more books and some dvds.
If a library has plants inside, it can make the air breathable, as they absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and give out oxygen.
oh wow even MORE good news
our govt in NZ has announced more money for libraries!!!! we have never had that before since the days of Andrew Carnegie giving away his fortune to build public libraries all over the world. school libraries are also included!
Librarians can keep their jobs and stimulate more as we recover! many unemployed people use libraries as their training grounds, to upskil, write CVs and find out their next direction in life.