It is worrying to see that libraries are in steady decline in this country. Five years ago, 48% of adults visited libraries compared with 39.4% now. Significantly, this fall has occurred against a backdrop of increased reading, particularly among children. It is worrying that many libraries are just not providing a service that is attracting readers. One therefore asks, if readership is increasing does it matter whether libraries decline?
I believe it is vital that libraries are preserved for future generations. They provide a unique environment in which anyone is welcome to read, learn or access the internet. They provide a place where one can relax and reflect in a quiet and open setting, as well as providing an opportunity for children to be entertained by stories and encouraged to explore their imaginations while learning. Libraries are a focal point for communities and provide an important source of information for all to utilise and enjoy.