In any library if books and and other information sources are well organized, every one takes it for granted and it is easy to manage. On the other hand, if there is total chaos, everyone admires the skills of the person who finds the book he or she wants.
Usually, only a person who has spent years on a system can understand its intricacies.
Though most libraries arrange books using Deweys decimal system , it is difficult to maintain the order at times. Many users may take a book from the shelf for reference or just to read the summary and not put it back in the correct place. So the next user searching for the book, will not find it easily
Just as computer technology has altered course delivery so has it
altered the ways the library is used. Faculty members in studies
reported considerable use of online library materials . Faculty,
across the board, make as much or more use of online journals than
electronic catalogs and references. Surprisingly, faculty teaching
traditional and web-enhanced courses used electronic library resources
considerably more than those teaching fully online courses.It is often
believed that faculty course requirements drive student use of
electronic library resources. The findings of this study indicate that
students do make significant use of library resources. A further
encouraging finding indicates that students make greater use of the
university’s electronic catalog and electronic journals than required
by faculty regardless of course type.thus library plays a vital role
and source of knowledge bases in each persons life.
These cover the spectrum from libraries in schools of all sizes,
through to those of major universities and research institutions. They
have something of a captive audience, in that the institutions they
serve are dedicated to teaching and learning, and the libraries’ role
is to provide access to the sources of information from which that
teaching and learning can develop.
For many people, this is what a library is – a publicly funded
institution that provides books for loan and is used mainly by the
very old and the very young. It is probably divided into Lending and
Reference, and the Lending stock is split between fiction and
non-fiction. The threat to the public library comes partly from the
fact that fewer people now read for pleasure, and those who do are
more likely to buy their books from Borders or Waterstones than borrow
them from the library, and, on the non-fiction and reference sides,
information is easily and quickly obtainable from the WWW, without the
need to make a trip to the library.
However, public libraries provide much more than that, such as
materials for entertainment and information in a wide range of media.
You will also find a lot of information about local services across
the spectrum, tailored to the needs of the community served by the
library. Above all, you will find professional librarians who are
trained to help you find exactly what you are looking for. This
includes help with searching the Internet, which you can do from most
public libraries these days.
Many libraries periodically discard books and readers can purchase these books at a very low price.
Compared to the sale at a book store, the prices are usually lower, but the books may be in a bad condition. In a book store, the book is likely to be new.
If you do not return a library book you
- Have to pay the value of the book
- Pay a late fee for the delay in informing the library about the loss of the book.
In many cities, the usage of libraries has greatly decreased over the past few years. Many prefer to read books and ebooks online or on their computer, but still nothing beats the convenience or comfort of reading a book anywhere you want.
The two largest book distributors in the U.S., who have school library supply programs are:
Betterworld is a supplier of used books at competitive rates
Books in a lending library can be categorized as:
For stocking a library you could get books from:
library book sale
Goodwill stores may have book lots
Websites like Powells connect different dealers and sellers and have books available at discounted rates.
Contact friends,relatives and others who wish to donate books.