Finding the library

Finding the library

Listen to a conversation about the university library to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Student: Hi. Excuse me.

Student B: Yes?

Student: Where's the library?

Student B: The library? It's next to the registration office.

Student: Ah ... sorry, I'm new. Where's the registration office?

Student B: No problem. See the big building over there?

Student: Yes.

Student B: OK, so that's the lecture theatre. Next to that, on the right, is the registration office. And next to that is the library.

Student: I see. Thanks!

Student: Hello?

Librarian: Hello.

Student: Is this the library?

Librarian: Yes, it is. Quiet, please.

Student: Oh, sorry. Thank you.

Librarian: Can I help you?

Student: Er, yes, please. I want to borrow some books. What do I need?

Librarian: You need a library card. Here's the application form. You can take up to six books maximum today.

Student: OK. Six books.

Librarian: Yes. You have two weeks to read the books. Then you bring them back.

Student: And if I'm late?

Librarian: Every day you are late there is a fee of fifty pence.

Student: OK, 50p a day. Er, anything else?

Librarian: Mobile phones must be switched off in the library. You can bring your laptop, but please use headphones to watch videos or listen to music.

Student: OK, great.

Librarian: And you can't bring food or drink.

Student: No food, no drink. And ...?

Librarian: And please speak quietly! People are working here.

Student: Oh! Oh, OK. Thank you.

Librarian: You're welcome.

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Submitted by zehrizer on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 19:24


Do you have a local library? How often do you go there? What do you do there?
When ı was student at mersin university ı used to go frequently to library. I used to study for exam and make research. But now i dont go. I have no idea about that there is a local library in my cit or not.

Submitted by yasmin.a on Tue, 14/12/2021 - 12:06


We have a local library. I have a library card too but I haven't borrowed any books for years because they don't have new books.
A long time ago, before I graduated from high school, I used to borrow books from there at least twice a month.
Is this correct?

Hello yasmin.a,

I'm afraid we aren't able to provide the service of checking our users' texts, but just this time I'll say yes, your sentences are grammatically correct. Well done!

We're happy to help with specific questions about a specific phrase or sentence, though, and it really helps us if you explain why you think something is correct or incorrect.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by lebanhatlongg on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 13:40


there is no library in my locality, because my locality not modern. But i wish to be built here in few years. I will working in that maybe twice a week because of i like the quiet

Submitted by Tien Manh on Thu, 25/11/2021 - 09:22


The local library is so far away from my home so that I just go there once or twice per month to read books. The library has a beautiful view of the river.

Submitted by Kamelbenslimane on Sun, 21/11/2021 - 20:41


In my city, we have a library next to the church. I go to there one or two time per week. I work remotely as designer and I like to work in the calm sometimes.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 17/11/2021 - 06:13


I used to go when I was preparing for university entrance exam and afterward I used to go when I was a student in the university. but I don't go now.

Submitted by cassia_1982 on Tue, 16/11/2021 - 11:44


I don’t have a library near my house, but I have been reading some books with my son. He brings some books from the library at the school he studies.
I have doubt about the text . The comprehension is that someone is looking for a library, it’s means that is the first time that he is there. So if it’s the first time, why the person said : every day you are late .

Hello cassia_1982,

Yes, that's right, it's the first time the student has been in the library. When the librarian says 'Every day you are late there is a fee of fifty pence', he means that every day that a book is late, you have to pay 50p. For example, if the book must be returned on Wednesday 17 November and you return it on Friday 19 November, you have to pay one pound (50p for each of the two days it was returned late). You can see the full conversation written out in the Transcript -- that might help too.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team