The College Perspective: Why I Love the Library
June 05, 2013
When university life is brought to mind, I imagine many people think of big lecture halls, dorm food, and hanging out with friends until the wee hours of the morning. While I assure you, this is still alive and well, there’s also something that weighs heavily on my mind, as well as most other students I know: money. Many students are financially supported by their parents, but an equal or greater amount of students must bear the burden of debt single-handedly. The dorm rooms, meal plans, and school sweatshirts are all essentials, but they don’t come cheap.
Which leads me to why I love the Library: it is accessible, varied, and most important of all - FREE. Honestly, being an elementary education major, this has saved me hundreds of dollars. I have checked out many books to complete projects, units, and lesson plans over my four years of school. I’ve even checked out textbooks from the Library. And how much did it cost? Nothing.
That is only on the academic level. I couldn’t tell you how many times a friend has asked, "Hey, have you heard the new (fill in the blank) album?" or "Have you watched season four of this show yet?" More often than not, I can say yes because I hold a library card. I use the Library extensively, not only because it is cost-effective, but also because of the sheer amount of media available to me. The Mid-Continent Public Library system is pretty all-encompassing in what they purchase. This means I get to watch favorite shows like Arrested Development, read novels by Chuck Palahniuk and Katie Davis alike, and get to groove to new albums by Vampire Weekend and The Strokes.
I hadn’t mentioned before, but I attend a college in Springfield, MO, which is about a 3 hour drive from my home branch at Excelsior Springs. However, does that stop me from reserving books or extending holds from my apartment? It sure doesn’t. The fact that MCPL has an online system that works so effectively has just been a blessing.
For all of the reasons above (but especially the price tag), I love the Library. Being home for the summer and getting to work here is so great. From shelving to helping with storytime, I wouldn’t trade this job! Being able to check out the shelves upon shelves of media doesn’t hurt either.
Until next time,
Excelsior Springs Branch