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The Many Benefits of Libraries

Elizabeth Kristoff BooksInside WITSOutcomes

Since I was a child, libraries have represented opportunity – the possibility of a hearty laugh, a transformative idea, or an imaginative journey. I could sense the wealth of knowledge and narrative tucked away in the stacks, and would envision versions of myself and the plot lines that would unfold – all depending on what books I chose to burrow my mind into.

Childhood visits to the library taught me that learning is not restricted to any single time, place, or person. It is meant to be shared. A library lends itself to choice, a symbiotic relationship between the seeker and the selection, that makes education relevant, fun, and personal. The library exemplifies equitable access to knowledge and opportunity, and all learners – no matter their age, neighborhood, or ability – deserve this experience.

Libraries are fundamental to students

Research shows that school libraries are fundamental to developing students as learners, teaching students the skills they need to follow curiosity, find information, and apply knowledge to their academic and personal lives. The National Library of New Zealand puts it best, stating that an effective school library “embodies the principals of ‘learner agency’ – students having the independence to choose their own reading, and to find resources that help them develop their interests and strengths at their own pace.” 

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