Shoutout To Libraries, The Real MVPs

As someone who avoids spending money whenever possible because she’s the daughter of someone who also avoids spending money whenever possible, I was introduced to the public library at a very young age. My small town has three branches and always had the latest books and whatnot. I was an avid reader when I was young, and even now that I’ve slowed down my reading a little, I still go to the library one a week when I’m at home. One of the first things I did when I moved away for school was get a local library card, and ya girl now can check books out of not one, not two, not three, but four different library systems.

'Arthur' characters singing "having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card."
You knew this gif was coming.

In the last few years, though, I haven’t checked as many books out as I do movies. My local library is great about ordering the newest and coolest DVDs right away, and though the waitlist for those hits one hundred in hours, my library also does this thing called Rapid Views in which really popular movies are able to be checked out for only two days (as opposed to a week) so more people can access them quicker, and these copies cannot be put on hold. My parents and I are always checking out movies from the Rapid View shelf.

Does your library do anything similar? I’m always baffled when people say they don’t take advantage of their local libraries. They’re free, folks. Free. You can check out the latest movies, books, CDs, or even video games for zero dollars and zero cents. Why buy movies/shows on iTunes or pay for Netflix subscriptions when you can borrow all that media for free?

And aside from the no-cost aspect, libraries are great for so many more reasons. A lot of libraries are also community centers where there are often events or courses or sessions, usually also free. Some libraries also have study rooms or presentation rooms that can be booked so work can be done there. Libraries also have many computers that you can also use if your wifi is down or you ran out of data. Libraries also never try to extort money from you. They don’t have free trials or anything like that to lure you in, they just have everything for free. It’s glorious.

Three people dancing in a library
Me and my parents hitting up the local library. Not pictured: my brother who has $8 in fines.

In such a consumerism-driven society, it’s so great to have libraries serve as these little pure sanctuaries of knowledge and peace.

I can’t remember if it was a Tumblr post or a Tweet that I read, but it basically said that if a library was a new concept pitched today, it’d never see the light of day because there’s no way the government or anybody would allow so much to happen without a profit being made. And that’s very true. We’re lucky that they already exist.

Anyway, this was just my little ode to libraries. They’re a gift to mankind, and I hope they live on for a good long while because they’ve brought me alone so much happiness. If you don’t actively go to the library, I highly suggest you get a card and go, because they’ve got a lot to offer. For free. They the real MVP.

P.S. I love Leslie Knope more than anything, okay, but her hate for libraries was way out of line.


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13 thoughts on “Shoutout To Libraries, The Real MVPs

  1. Never have I identified with a post more! I was raised on libraries and I also have cards for multiple library systems. They are literally one of the best things ever invented.

  2. There is a library in the mobile home park I live now. It is based on the honor system
    Its a good place to borrow and donate books.

    • This one post can’t even come close to representing just how much love I have for libraries and all its workers. The librarians in my hometown are the nicest people!

  3. Yesss!! Loved this post! I can’t thank my library enough for its existence, if it ever closes I don’t know what I would do! Especially because it’s such a good library, and it’s only 1 minute away from me😄

  4. *slow clap to standing ovation*

    In the past, I worked at two public libraries for a total of 5 years. It was an incredibly rewarding job and I *loved* seeing people use the resources AND having daily access to the resources!

    Hearing folks who don’t work at libraries applaud their existence makes my heart smiley!

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