The Importance of Libraries: A refuge, a safe place, a second home

Earlier in the week it was reported that the people protesting to keep Carnegie Library open would continue their sit-in until they were forced out. Such strong, open love for this library got us thinking about what libraries mean to us now and when we were kids.


Our school library was a refuge from bullies, the cold playground and a door into imagination.

Our college library was a place of quiet where we could research and study, where we could hide from our stressed-out peers.

Our university library was a place to be challenged. A place of higher thought and of books we’d never even dreamed existed.

Our local library? Well, that was the place where we grew up. Where we learned to think, argue, imagine and grow into who we are today. We don’t know who we’d be without our libraries.

But we’ve been bookish since birth and our response seemed rather expected, so we took to Twitter:

That’s a pretty convincing percentage, right? Especially when you take into consideration that there may have been even more library supporters than this result shows:

It turns out that libraries provided a refuge and a safe space for MP!ers too. They allowed people to read even when they couldn’t afford to.

They set readers on their future careers:

They allowed parents and kids to share something they love:

They trained some of our favourite bloggers in the art of book hoarding:

We just hope that the kids of the future will get the chance to experience and fall in love with libraries in the way that we did.

Keep sharing your favourite memories of your libraries with us @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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