Reading Central Library, is not a central library about reading, but it is the Reading Borough central library. 😀
Reading Central Library is not as majestic as the one of Manchester. But nonetheless, the book collection is good. There are foreign language books as well, Chinese, Japanese, German, French. As well as several sect of Indian languages, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. Our family applied for membership. They need a proof of address or in my case a tenancy agreement to be a member. The librarian took a skewed picture of me for the card (can’t quite position her webcam right). It is stricter than Manchester, I don’t remembering them asking me for anything to qualify for a card. I can borrowed up to 20 books (Wow!) for a period of 3 weeks, books are held for reservation only for a week (2 in Manchester). The library card also entitles the member to get discounts to selected restaurants and outlets, discount entrance fee for Council’s leisure and sport centres. The card is red and it says “My Reading Passport.” Cool.
This is where I noticed the work pace of the library staff. They were so much faster and efficient than the ones I know in Manchester. Up on the first floor, there are many computer terminals and also non-fiction books. I think what really differentiate a good library is the selection of books available. I am not the sort of reader who scouts around what is on the shelf to read, but rather I reserve books online and pick them up later. So it doesn’t really matter how the library looks like, or what facilities they have. As long as I can find what I want in the online catalogue, I am happy.
So looks like we are going to have great fun with the Reading Passport card.
A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all thing that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.