The rapid growth of technology allows computers to do an enormous number of different functions, including storing and delivering information. Thus, there is the belief that money is being wasted on public libraries. However, I disagree with this idea because public libraries are not only a book storage; they can offer what computers lack: study environment and economic values through tourism.
First, it is crucial to keep in mind that public libraries provide people with suitable environment for studying and researching, where there is absolute silence, peace and scholarly atmosphere. Computers are, on the other hand, unable to offer. For example, according to a study published by Stanford University last year, despite the simultaneous computer technology development, U.S and Canadian libraries saw a steady increase in visits over a 10-year period with 75% of the visitors being high school and college students, showing that a large population is still fond of studying in public libraries.
Second, public libraries act as tourist attractions, which gives many countries
a boost in economy. Every year, public libraries around the world are reported
to be one of the most popular tour tourist destinations. The U.K, for instance,
is renowned not only for the Big Ben or the River Thames but also for the
Bodleian public library. Featuring distinctive English Gothic architectural
characteristics and a history dating back to the 15th century, which computers
completely lack, the Bodleian public library contributes greatly to the British
economy through tourism activities.
In short, public libraries are not a waste of money but in fact, carry great benefits such as providing appropriate study environment and nourishing tourism, which cannot be replaced by the computers.