Yesterday I joined up to our local
library. It's been years since I've belonged to a
library. Probably the last one was the university library just after
high school. I'd forgotten what glorious places they are and how much
time I'd spent in my school years inside the things.
Libraries have come a long way since my last visit. I guess
they've had to compete with the Internet for their core research
usages, no longer being the only place to easily find authoritative
information. In fact, most libraries can probably only give a certain
type of source: authoritative, well-researched and biased in a
specific, officialish, way. The Internet, on the other hand, gives a
broad range of views, from the lunatic fringe to the conservative and
But this library has got with the times. it's open seven days a
week, has Internet access, DVD and CD hire and a comfortable
atmosphere. I'm impressed!
Most importantly, this will save me a fortune in books. I've been
exclusively buying books for the last decade or so, so this should
make things a bit cheaper. Course I'll still end up buying the latest
cyberpunk sci-fi novels, but for more run-of-the-mill stuff, it should
Right now, I'm reading about the Spanish Civil War.