Types of Libraries
According to the American Library Association (ALA) website, there are four major types of libraries: academic, public, school, and special. Academic libraries are libraries housed at higher education institutions. These libraries are to be used for the research purposes of both student and faculty alike. Many students also go there as a place to work on their problem sets or study for exams.
Public libraries are those libraries that serve communities. There are several different organizations for public libraries which range from a county wide library system where several towns make up the system and branches of the library have their own books and provide an interlibrary loan system. Other towns may opt out of this county wide system and be a standalone township library. Besides county and township libraries, there are also state libraries and Dubbed the World's Largest Library, the Library of Congress, is our national library.
Do you remember going to the library during study hall? Elementary, middle school, and high schools have libraries where students can check out books, peruse reference books, and use the internet.
Finally there are specialty libraries where lawyers, doctors, historians, and others can go find in-depth information on a particular topic or field. Some of these libraries are located in hospitals, private businesses, or organizations. An example of a specialty library is the David Library of the American Revolution. Here historians, history buffs, and even ancestors of the American Revolution can go read up on different topics and events from 1750 to 1800.
Music, Lectures, and Movies
Academic Journals and Magazines
Job and Career Exploration
Tax help and legal advice
Movie Screenings and Film Festivals
Various community programs for all ages
With the advent of the internet and cloud drives, now you can even check out ebooks which can be sent straight to your kindle wirelessly!
Gone are the days of always having to make a trip to the library! Where there are some online resources and databases that you have to be on site, there are other resources you can get straight from your computer in a coffee shop or at home, just type in your library card number and press enter. It's that easy! Some libraries even have databases where you can view documentaries.
And all of these resources could not be possible without the dedication and expertise of the librarians. If you have a question about databases, programs, or where to find a book, look no further than the librarian. They are in fact the unsung heroes that have put together all of these resources for the public to see and utilize.