Some people think that the library is a waste of money and the computer technology is replacing its function. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
The prevalence and advancement of cyberspace, admittedly, have already assisted the discovery and sharing of book resources among a wider range of citizens. Through converting the written words into electronic codes, a more diversified classification of books are able to be spread online, which not only benefits people who cannot afford the increasingly expensive prices of books, but also encourages people who used not to read books to form this habit when embracing the specific type of books on the internet. Fromm this perspective, it indeed seems that functions of traditional libraries have been fulfilled by the computers and networks.
The maintenance of paper resources, however, cannot be efficiently preserved through computer technologies. Millions of books made of paper not only serve as the container of precedent knowledge and insights, but also constitute a huge part of cultural treasure that should be carefully protected by cultural institutions such as the libraries and museums, since some of the books are published in quite limited amount or handwritten by great authors. The virtual online space can play little influence on the protection of those paper books, whereas the professional staff with specialized knowledge on book maintenance can perform this function in a more satisfactory way.
What is more, not all people can adapt to the habit of online learning, especially for the old and the young, or the people who run mad after the genuine feelings of touching real papers and smelling the printing scents. If eliminating all libraries just because of the convenience provided by electronic devices, people who are not used to using the computer or smart phones would encounter really harsh circumstances in which it is less possible for them to acquire the previously easy access to paper books, thus hindering the development of their reading enthusiasm.