[Insider 68] The 4 Types of Libraries I Found this Year.
and the things you see once you start to look.
I define a library by two properties -
To hold a collection of materials that need care and protection,
To allow others to add to and borrow from the inventory.
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1. The Vancouver Public Library
I love to visit the VPL. Earlier this year, I gave myself the time and space to think about the value of libraries in my life, how they have evolved in the digital age, and what they mean to people from other stratas of society.
A library card is free to all residents. And the VPL eliminated late fees!
Dear Insider, do you use your local library?
2. The Free Library
I found my first free library in downtown Vancouver. As soon as I found it though, I started noticing them everywhere. I now live in another part of the city, and there are at least five free libraries within walking distance of me. I know this because, in June, I went out looking for them.
A city is a thing of people. If not for people and people things, there would be no reason for a city to exist. And a free library reminds me of this beautiful fact.
It is as human as something can get. That even one such library exists, is a testament to humanity. No one else could have done it. It is a thing of people.
Dear Insider, have you encountered, used, or run a free library?