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The pandemic showed us that we still need libraries, even with Google

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This column is an opinion by Heidi LM Jacobs, a writer and librarian based in Windsor, Ont. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

I’d never really considered what a world without libraries would be like. 

As an academic librarian and a life-long library card holder, I paid little heed to those who predicted library buildings would close and everything would go online. “It won’t happen,” I said, never imagining that a global pandemic would close library buildings for months on end. For the first time ever, I saw glimpses of what a world without libraries might be like. 

In the early days of the pandemic, library users with internet access had a seemingly infinite number of downloadable resources a click away, making those visions of an exclusively online library seem possible. It didn’t take long, however, to see how deep the digital divide really was. So librarians set out to find innovative ways to get print…

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