Islington Central Library, Holloway Road.
In the UK, it’s Save Our Libraries Day.
Here in Orlando, I worked for the Orange County Library system for five years, and I’ve seen firsthand how a well-funded library system can be vital to a community. Good libraries aren’t only just a treasure trove of books—they provide spaces for people to study and do research, for people to meet up with others, a source for other media, a venue for events, internet access for people who don’t have it at home and who don’t feel like paying $4/£2.50 for a latte, etc. Librarians provide a load of different services, and many nowadays are very tech and web savvy.
When I lived in Clapton and had a tiny room in a house I shared with six or seven other people and no workspace outside of a small kitchen table, the British Library was vital in not only providing me various materials I needed for my dissertation, but also for having a quiet table where I could sit and take notes without being bothered by a Glaswegian housemate singing along to Blondie in the next room (bless ‘im).
Keep up with The Guardian’s Libraries section to read more about library cuts and what you can do to show your support for your local library. Whether you live in the Cotswolds of England or Orlando’s Colonialtown, or if you frequent the Hackney Homerton Library or the Seattle Public Library, show your support. If you don’t need any books, see what upcoming events your local library is holding. Many of them are probably free, if not all of them. You could also donate money, or donate your used books, magazines and media to help enrich someone else’s life.