Saturday, February 10, 2018

Defending the role of libraries in society

Alberto Manguel, the Director of the National Library of Argentina, unpacks his thoughts about books and libraries.

I would argue that public libraries, holding both virtual and material texts, are an essential instrument to counter loneliness. I would defend their place as society’s memory and experience. I would say that without public libraries, and without a conscious understanding of their role, a society of the written word is doomed to oblivion. I realize how petty, how egotistical it seems, this longing to own the books I borrow. I believe that theft is reprehensible, and yet countless times I’ve had to dredge up all the moral stamina I could find not to pocket a desired volume. Polonius echoed my thoughts precisely when he told his son, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” My own library carried this reminder clearly posted.



Blogger Unknown said...

Aba naman Kuya Alberto, magpahiram naman kayo ng libro ninyo. Ayaw ninyo na ngang magpahiram, tapos gusto pa ninyong nakawin ang libro sa aklatan! I guess there are some rare books that can't be had for love or money so ok, I'll give him his book lust. But I can't believe he doesn't find some happiness in sharing a well-loved book from his own library especially to a new reader.

Sun Feb 11, 07:34:00 PM GMT+8  

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