I myself would seem to be a prime example of a person who no longer needs the library. With a high-speed Internet line at home and a huge personal library thanks to many years of work as a book reviewer, why would I bother going to the library? Well, here’s why. I go there to do research[ – ]the Internet doesn’t have all you need to know. And, of course, it doesn’t have librarians, who in my experience know everything and are remarkably generous in sharing it.
I also go to the library to find out what’s going on (thanks to the most comprehensive bulletin board of events in the neighborhood) and the chance to run into my neighbors.
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Die Stuttgarter Stadtbibliothek hat eine beeindruckende Architektur. Aber mehr noch als für das Bauwerk, habe ich mich dafür interessiert, warum die Leseratten in die Bibliothek gehen und ihre Bücher nicht im Internet kaufen.