ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new campaign this summer aims to show people that, even in this age of technology, local libraries have a lot to offer that most people might not know about.
“When was the last time you went to the library?” KRQE News 13 asked people.
“I got a library card about like four months ago and then I never went,” said Stephen Rotunno.
“Probably when I was in fifth grade,” Mark Garcia responded.
“A lot of books are being sold online too for really cheap,” said Allison New. “I think sometimes people forget that the library’s there.”
While the number of materials people borrowed from Albuquerque and Bernalillo County libraries dropped by about half a million from 2011 to 2012, circulation has actually been back on the rise over the last few years. You might even notice, the libraries have taken to television to get the message out.
“We just try to reach more people,” said Cindy Burns, assistant director of Branch Operations and Customer Services.
The ad points to free music, movies, e-books, computers and classes the local libraries offer.
“The public library takes you places. Book now,” the ad says.
“We are constantly changing and we are adapting to what’s out there,” Burns said.
Maggie Seeley has noticed.
“It’s amazing! No one knows about this!” she said.
She goes to the library about once a month.
She calls the Southwestern collection “mind-blowing” and says many don’t realize the Main Library has a Genealogy Center to help people research their ancestry.
“Googling has great worthiness but not the depth and the breadth of the library system,” Seeley said. “People do not know about the library.”
The library website now offers a service called Freegal Music where people can download three songs a week.