IELTS essay, topic: Public libraries should only provide books, not videos or DVD, agree or disagree?

Public libraries should only provide books and should not waste their limited resources on expensive high-tech media such as software, videos or DVDs. Do you agree or disagree?

With the proliferation of high-tech media, some people that the public libraries would be rendered obsolete if they not offer software, videos or DVDs to their users while assert it’s only a waste of limited resources and the libraries should offer books only.

High-tech media is, in many ways, indeed superior to the books in terms of entertainment, attraction, and functionality. For instance, videos and DVDs function as a visual means to assist people to have a first-hand experience even though those people have not physically visited or seen the objects which are introduced in the books. Also, despite audio-visual equipment would be prohibitive to install, the capital cost would be lowered by appealing to a sizable number of users.

More importantly, software could assist the library goers to access the Internet to update their knowledge on a daily basis; in contrast, books typically take multiple months to be published, which in turn their contents outdated to some extent. In addition, upon learning that the computer literacy has become an essential skill recently, public libraries should take on the responsibility to educate users how to operate a computer.

Furthermore, it is a common practice for most public libraries to share their resources via the Internet. In this way, even if one book of interest cannot be found in one library, the borrower still could locate the book other libraries and then request the librarians to transfer the book to that particular library.

In conclusion, public libraries would benefit in multiple ways if they equipped with the high-tech media.

This is a good essay. There are only a few errors indicating that the writer needs to take care with verbs, prepositions and sentence formation (mouse over the words underlined in blue shows corrections). Overall, this work seems worthy of IELTS Band 8. Remember to always proofread your essay before submitting it. Keep up the good work!

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4 thoughts on “IELTS essay, topic: Public libraries should only provide books, not videos or DVD, agree or disagree?”

  1. Arguments about why libraries should provide online resources is not convincing. Us of grammar is appropriate but definitely not band 8 quality. More or less 7.

  2. The language is no doubt very good but I feel structure is not proper. As in introduction both the sides(books and DVD’s) are mentioned there should be a para about books too.

  3. The task is to write whether libraries should offer only books or also DVDs, video and software, so it is assumed the books are already there, and only the addition of high-tech media is being discussed. The student discussed the issue properly and expressed his/her opinion appropriately. His/her arguments were all in favour of adding high-tech media, which is acceptable in an IELTS essay. He/she could have mentioned the negative sides of holding high-tech media in a library, but it wasn’t an absolute must.

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