Just about two years ago we joined the Greenwich Public Library. As you might imagine, it is quite a spectacular library. I always feel a little badly that we don’t support our local library in Port Chester, but in terms of resources, there is no comparison.
Greenwich’s library is housed in a pretty spectacular building. Part of it is the old library, but they have added on a very large addition with exhibit space and meeting rooms and lots of computer terminals.
They have great collections across media, but I think we may have gotten the most value from their music collection. My son, Peter, takes large stacks of cd’s out nearly every week. He is a huge music fan and listens across all genres. His tastes couldn’t be much more eclectic and having access to the collection let’s him sample everything under the sun. I absolutely shudder to think what he would spend on iTunes or amazon if he didn’t have access to the library. Yes, he is ripping the cds. I admit that I feel a little guilty and ambivalent about it. I know that no one in my family would download files illegally and the artist was compensated for the cd when the library purchased it. I think it is pretty well-recognized what happens with the cds in a library’s music collection.