But is it a Library?
looking at buildings, busses, boxes and burros
and asking the question what makes a library a library?
A public library is a library that is accessible by the general
public and is generally funded from public sources, such as
taxes. It is operated by librarians and library paraprofessionals.
Biblioburro is a small institution:
one man and two donkeys.
Created it out of the simple
belief that the act of taking
books to people who do not
have them can somehow
improve this impoverished
region, and perhaps Colombia.
A school library (or a school library media centre)
is a library within a school where students, staff,
and often, parents of a public or private
school have access to a variety of resources.
Phone Booth Library
A collection of books in a phone
booth that locals are welcome to
take, read & hopefully return.
Readers are encouraged to leave
books of their own for others to read.
Find out more:
A law library is a library designed to assist
law students, attorneys, judges, and their
law clerks and anyone else who finds it
necessary to correctly determine the state
of the law. Their focus on specialized
information resources on the law, service to
a specialized and limited clientele, and
delivery of specialized services to that
clientele classify them as a type of special
Little Free Library
A collection of books in a custom built
box that locals are welcome to take,
read & hopefully return. Readers are
encouraged to leave books of their
own for others to read.
Find out more about Little Free
Mobile libraries provide a library
service to some rural areas
where there is no static library.
There is a selection of books on
many subjects, novels, large print
books, books for children and
talking books. Other materials,
such as DVDs and music CDs can
be borrowed on request. The
stock is exchanged at regular
intervals using material from
Community/Volunteer run Library
A community library is a term used to describe a
library that is being run by volunteers as due to
council funding cuts Is not able to be kept open by
the local authority and they are given the choice of
running it themselves or losing it.
Find out more about community libraries here:
Legal Deposit Library
A legal deposit library is specifically
established by the government of a nation
to serve as the of information for that
There are six Legal Deposit Libraries in the
• The British Library, London
• National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
• Bodleian Library, Oxford
• Cambridge University Library
• Trinity College, Dublin
• National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
• Does a library have to have a librarian or professional staff able to
help people find the information of services they require?
• Do libraries have to have books? Or computers?
• Is it still a library if the word ‘library’ does not appear in the name?
• Is it a library even if the word ‘library’ appears in the name?