Photo Credit: Main Reading Room, Library of Congress, by angela n.

Photo Credit: Main Reading Room, Library of Congress, by angela n.

In honor of National Library week (April 13-19), CNN’s Jareen Imam, writes about why libraries are still popular even in this day of the Internet. “But despite enduring budget cutbacks and being forced to reinvent their services in the face of the ubiquitous Internet, public libraries remain staple institutions in various communities. There’s been an increase in the use of public libraries in the U.S. over the past decade. Services such as public computers doubled in usage in the past 10 years, and libraries saw a circulation increase of 2.46 billion materials in 2010, the highest ever reported, according to a report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.” Libraries are popular because they “reflect who we are,” “provide resources and opportunities to socialize,” “provide a community sharing, learning, conversation space,” are “where people can explore their passions,” and are a “place of shelter,” and “an element of comfort.” Check out the wonderful photos of favorite libraries shared by iReporters.

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