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    Posted April 11, 2014 by
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Your favorite libraries

    Who Could Choose Only One?

    A grandmother’s hug, a kitten purring on your lap, a warm cup of tea or curled up on the couch with your favorite blanket. That comfort coupled with the twinge of excitement of the unknown. Not certain of what experience you may embark on but also in possession of the reassuring knowledge that you will be safely returned. That is what you feel when you walk into a library. We love libraries because no matter which library you’re visiting, once you crack open a book you are instantly transported to anywhere around the world.

    ProQuest loves libraries so much that we have a team of ProQuest Trainers located in 10 countries who offer training and consulting services on marketing and promoting usage of libraries resources. The team documents all of the libraries that they visit on their facebook page. The photo album, Oh the Libraries We’ve Seen, holds hundreds of pictures of libraries around the world. One thing that is clear when scanning through all of the images is that libraries are beautiful buildings everywhere that you travel. It’s fitting that the buildings that house some of the greatest works of art are also a work of art. Libraries are a reflection of the beauty that one will find in the stories that are behind its doors. Some libraries represent the historical presence of literature and leather bound books. Where others are more representative of where libraries are headed in this day and age – sleek, modern and digital. But, what both types have in common is the information that is housed inside.

    This is why we simply could not select only one library but chose to share why libraries and librarians are special to us. We love libraries because of what they represent, a passion for giving and sharing information and people who have dedicated their life to helping students and researchers find and access that information and knowledge. Libraries provide us the opportunity to travel and explore and also to learn and share information and ideas. It’s the possibilities that libraries and librarians offer that make them so lovable.

    Libraries pictured (left to right): Bibliothèque Forney Paris, France, National Library of Spain, University of Sharjah Library, Hamilton City Library Hamilton, New Zealand, Akita International University Library - Akita, Japan, Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore, Geisel Library at UC San Diego, California, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

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