10 Things We Still Miss About Public Libraries

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Libraries have been around for centuries, but in the last few decades, their role has changed drastically. Now that digital books have taken over, many libraries have closed their doors and some of our favorite library activities are no longer possible. We’re sure you miss a lot about old-fashioned libraries and the experiences they offered. From reading physical books to studying in quiet study rooms, there was something special about entering a library or searching through its shelves and stacks. In this blog post, we’ll talk about 10 things we still miss about libraries and why they were so great.

The smell of books

The smell of books is one of the things we still miss about public libraries. The musty, paper scent was always such a comforting and familiar smell, and it would always make us feel so at home in the library. It’s hard to describe, but it’s something that we miss about libraries.

The sound of silence

Public libraries were once a place of hushed whispers and shushing librarians. They were a place where you could go to read in peace or to find a quiet corner to study. But as libraries have become more open and inviting places, the sound of silence has been replaced by the sounds of people chatting, laughing, and enjoying themselves. While we still love our libraries, we miss the peaceful atmosphere that they used to provide.

The feeling of being surrounded by knowledge

There’s something special about being in a library. Maybe it’s the smell of books or the hushed silence. Or maybe it’s the feeling of being surrounded by knowledge.

For many of us, Public libraries are a second home. We spent hours there as kids, getting lost in the stacks and discovering new worlds. We went there to study in college and to find information for work. And we still go there when we need a quiet place to think or just want to curl up with a good book.

Libraries are more than just places to find books. They’re places where we can learn and grow. They’re places that welcome everyone, no matter who you are or what you’re looking for. They’re safe havens in a sometimes chaotic world. And we miss them dearly.

The stacks

If you grew up going to your local library, chances are there are a few things you miss about the experience. For starters, there’s nothing quite like the smell of old books. And who can forget the sound of flipping through pages as you searched for your next read?

But beyond the sensory memories, there are a few other things we miss about libraries. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. The stacks. There’s something magical about being surrounded by shelves and shelves of books. Whether you were looking for a specific title or just browsing, it was always fun to get lost in the stacks.

2. The librarians. These unsung heroes were always ready and willing to help you find whatever you were looking for (and usually had some great recommendations, too).

3. The programs. From story time to summer reading challenges, libraries offered something for everyone. And they were always free!

4. The community feels. Libraries were always welcoming places where people of all ages and backgrounds could come together and bond over their love of reading.

What do you miss most about your local library? Let us know in the comments!

Browsing the shelves

Browsing the shelves is one of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting a library. There is something very calming and satisfying about being surrounded by so many books. We miss the ability to stroll through the stacks, picking up books that catch our eye and losing track of time as we explore all the library has to offer.

Checking out books

When we used to go to the library, checking out books was one of the most exciting things to do. We would scan our library cards and then fill our arms with as many books as we could carry. We miss being able to browse the shelves and find new books to read. Now, we have to rely on online recommendations or hope that our friends have good taste in books.

Late fees

While many libraries now offer grace periods for late returns, some still charge late fees. We miss the days when we could borrow books without having to worry about returning them on time!

Book returns

We still miss being able to return our books to the library. We loved being able to walk into the library and hand over our books, knowing that someone else would be able to enjoy them. We miss the convenience of being able to return our books without having to go out of our way to find a mailbox or post office.


Libraries are great places to do research. They have a lot of resources that can be very helpful when you are doing research for a project or paper. However, there are some things we still miss about libraries.

One thing we miss is the ability to ask a librarian for help. When you are doing research, it is often helpful to have someone who knows where to find information and can help you if you get stuck. Librarians are experts at this, and they can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Another thing we miss is the quiet atmosphere of the library. It was always nice to be able to go to the library and work on your project without being interrupted by people talking or music playing. This made it easier to concentrate and get your work done.

Lastly, we miss the feeling of accomplishment that came with finishing a research project at the library. There was something satisfying about being able to say that you did all of your research at the library and found all of the information yourself. Even though we can still do research at home, it doesn’t feel quite the same as being at the library.


Public Libraries are a part of our collective memory and offer many nostalgic reminders of simpler times. Whether it’s the smell of books or the cozy chairs in every corner, libraries evoke a feeling that few other places can match. We will always miss the wonderful experiences we had while visiting them, but with advances in technology allowing us to access almost any book online, libraries remain a significant part of our literary history and culture.