When I was young I used to enjoy visits to libraries, they were a place of refuge. Peaceful, quiet, a nice atmosphere, the smell of books. And I enjoyed reading.
Now .it's all changed.
My local library ( as have most of the libraries in the city) has been refurbished and renamed a community hub.
Now there are few books, .lots of computers, uniformed security guards, meeting rooms, help and advice experts on council services, jobs & benefits. And finally the local post office has closed down and moved into this library itself.
On one side of the room there is a bookcase and next to it a queue of people using the post office.
I miss the old traditional libraries. With wooden bookshelves, books, a librarian and cardboard library tickets in books with dated stamps.
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In a pub? That's just crazy. I understand postoffices being within shops but libraries and pubs? What is this insanity?!?!?
I know, lol, I couldn’t believe it when I walked into the pub and there was a queue! I asked, what’s going on! Then bought some stamps!!
You have completely blown my mind. Why would it even occur to someone to put a post office in there. Bizarre!
The funniest part is how she just sits at one of the little round tables, like it’s the most normal thing on earth! It felt a bit surreal and I almost starting looking for my post office book to get some money out, then I remembered I don’t have one anymore! I was just getting excited and carried away with the whole thing. It’s was almost like a throw back in time, seeing her with her little cash box and books of stamps! I’ll make a note of going there one day and taking a photo
Love libraries. God knows how many hours I spent in Bedminster and Bristol Central Libraries when I was a kid. Plus the school I did my O and A levels in had a very pictureskew library - sort of like a chocolate box sort of library. Old dark wooden panels and bookshelves full to brimming with books.
The old libraries with wooden bookshelves and actual books had a certain magic.
Since childhood I felt safe and at peace in a library. Reading old and new books, the smell of the paper.
Now they are almost gone. The library I visited yesterday, is awful. Actually I had a two hour meeting there with my mental health employment advisor and I was using the computer applying for my latest job. A part time post paying £26ph.
The computer desks take up more space than the book shelves. There was a uniformed security guard with a radio and possibly a camera built into his uniform. There was a long queue to use the three post office counters. The bookshelves are metal and plastic. There was a loud children's group in one corner.
New “libraries” are horrible. I don’t mine the computers or anything to do with education. But these community hubs are awful.
I recently went to a local library at 9am when the building opened. I wanted to use a computer/internet, none at home just a smartphone. Only to be told, the library opened at 9.30. It’s the hub that opens at 9.
It’s soooo noisy now. Constant ringing in the phone urgh!!!
I have been concerned about meetings involving private sensitive information being held in public spaces in libraries within ear shot of other people. I would definitely want such a meeting to take place somewhere private. I had to pay for a meeting room in my village hall in order to see my Union rep while off work. She wasn't allowed to visit my home and I did not feel comfortable talking about work problems in a cafe or library where other customers might know me or my boss. Does the library you go to have a private meeting room? Some do.
My local library is very rarely open. The branch in the nearby town has been merged with the sports centre. Acoustics are terrible - and there's a shared enquiries desk which is very confusing. Ironic that the building is so inaccessible for people with hearing loss - it is where they hold the spares and repairs clinic for hearing aids.