“[D]on't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy.
What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone.
In a world without libraries, it would be difficult to advance research and human knowledge or preserve the world’s cumulative knowledge and heritage for future generations.
Libraries are keenly aware of the need to maintain the balance between protecting the rights of authors and safeguarding the wider public interest.
I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” ― “Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines.
And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.” ― “Libraries really are wonderful. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.” ― “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries.In addition to lending books, libraries are also involved in copying materials for research or private study purposes.Students cannot afford to buy every book, or pay for every television broadcast or journal they need to access for their studies. The exceptions and limitations that are an integral part of many national copyright systems play a critically important role in enabling libraries to deliver such services.This article explores the enduring importance of libraries and some of the intellectual property-related challenges they face.Libraries represent different things to different people – from a place where mothers can take toddlers to read their first stories and students can study, to a service allowing anyone to borrow a book, access the Internet or do research.Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society.Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."[Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]” ― “I like libraries.It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me.Quite simply, libraries offer a means by which we can gain access to knowledge.Libraries are synonymous with education and offer countless learning opportunities that can fuel economic, social and cultural development.