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.

Transcript

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 khaled67 on Wed, 11/05/2022 - 20:04

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No, I don't have a local library

Submitted by Nori on Fri, 06/05/2022 - 05:35

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There is a library that takes fifteen minutes by foot from my home. I go there once in two or three weeks to borrow some books for my work regarding computer science, programming, and system engineering.

Submitted by badboyzz on Wed, 04/05/2022 - 12:43

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Yes ıt's close to my home.We have local library but I rarely go to there . Because I can't focus in library. Library has always crowded and loudly. When I go to library I do study lecture .

Submitted by Souhaïb MGHARBI on Tue, 03/05/2022 - 21:50

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No, I don't have a local library, nevertheless, I had gone to my university library when I was a student in ordser to revise my lessons and borrow some books and reports of training in the field of civil engineering

Submitted by hoquyly14112 on Sun, 24/04/2022 - 09:56

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Do you have a local library? How often do you go there? What do you do there?
1. In my university has a big library.
2. I often go there to borrow some books, technical books, lesson books, and English books. I can borrow 3 books for 2 weeks and must be regist number card.
3. Sometime I go to the library to learn something, use a laptop and microphone. It has a rule you always keep quitely.

Submitted by bkocak34 on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 07:24

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Yes, we have a library in our university. We can borrow the book for three weeks. If we want keep more it, we must to pay one lira every day. Also it is there in my work place too, but our official library is not visible because of it is in a database :) People can use that all available books via pdf.

Submitted by Andres Cuchimaque on Thu, 21/04/2022 - 21:58

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Yes, I have some libraries close to my house, however to be honest, I don´t visit them since the university, maybe 20 years ago. I always went there to take out books to prepare my classes in the university.

Submitted by alstroemeria on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 10:08

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Yes, i have a local library in my school. I often go there to read books and doing my assignment

Submitted by SETTI on Mon, 11/04/2022 - 21:37

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I go every saturday and sunday morning to read some books that make's me happy

Submitted by trongbumchiu on Tue, 29/03/2022 - 15:20

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I am not generally go to the library, because i don't have almost read books. I'm going to make a routine with read some books from now. Hope I can do it.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Sun, 20/03/2022 - 13:31

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Yes, I have a local library. I go there every weekend. I take and return my favourite poetry books from the library.

Submitted by gokhanaktas10 on Sat, 05/03/2022 - 12:10

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Yes I have a local library. 3 years ago I went there but I didn't borrow any books from there. We dont need a library card. We can bordro books without a library card

Submitted by anwarul on Tue, 08/02/2022 - 21:55

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yes,we do have a library in our territory, and yes its a local library. it provides us books to borrow for a period of time. we go to our library and we sit there to read books or newspaper and magazines for as many hours we want to. we more often visit our library and it tremendously helps us in enriching our knowledge!

Submitted by Amin Kourani on Mon, 07/02/2022 - 07:52

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Do you have a local library? How often do you go there? What do you do there?
The place that I work in has a local library, I've never gone there to borrow a book, but many years ago I ordered some books about asp.net programming but they send me wrong book and I brought them back.
nowadays electronic libraries are increasing and there are many apps that you can purchase e-books and other contents and it's one of the most advantages of E-Commerce.

Submitted by jmajo on Thu, 20/01/2022 - 16:08

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No I haven't, there was one in my neighborhood but it was closed a long time ago, most of the people here buy it's own books or use digital books nowadays. When I want or need a book I use to buy a book or search online books for a digital edition.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by Ipo Soon on Thu, 13/01/2022 - 07:43

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thanks, i'm done :)

Submitted by ocelfrat on Sat, 01/01/2022 - 15:00

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Yes, ı have a local library. I go to the library twice a week

Submitted by Albert73 on Wed, 29/12/2021 - 21:33

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In my country we have two local libraries. Thirty years ago I went frequently to do homeworks from my high school courses. Now, a few people go to the local libraries because they found their information on the internet.

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Wed, 29/12/2021 - 13:23

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There is local library near to our house. I used to go there 6 years ago to get ready for university entrance exam. I've haven't gone there since 2015.

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

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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

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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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by John Nguyen on Mon, 08/11/2021 - 02:57

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Where I'm live there's no library, so I'm go to my university where has a library. I regular go to there to do homework and research for information technology

Submitted by ANOUAR on Wed, 03/11/2021 - 12:13

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Where I'm living there's no library but in the city where I was born there was a library where I was borrowing books

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Wed, 03/11/2021 - 08:51

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in my university school has a library, i don't go there often because i just go there when i have to do teamwork with my friends because in the library has some private rooms to discussion so we won't disturb the others there. in additions, we can look for documents when we need for our homework.

Submitted by KyawMinThu on Sun, 24/10/2021 - 10:40

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I rarely went to the library when I was an engineering university student.
There were lots of book shelves surrounded the library and various books are available there.

Submitted by vuhoap on Sat, 16/10/2021 - 00:51

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I don't know whether there has a local library where I live or not. However, when I was college, we had a university library. I often went to library in the lunch time in the days of week. Sometimes, I went with my friends. We did the exercise together or prepared for next lecture. That was all memory that I had.

Submitted by nhuvannam93 on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:00

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there is no library where i live, i like look at books online

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 04/10/2021 - 10:40

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No, I'm live a city but all libraries are very far from my location. I like to read in home.

Submitted by Minnu on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 11:27

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Yes.There is a local library near to my home and I was a regular member there before this COVID pandemic. Now the library opens rarely so I had been stopped to take out book from the library. Before pandemic I used to visit there every week and take out at least one book and I try to return the book before due date however sometimes I forgot to return books and paid fine for that. Mostly I tried to avoid mobile phone when I was inside the library otherwise I always use phone rather than reading books. I used to read lot books when I’m younger but now I didn’t get enough time to read because of work.

Submitted by KATIELLE RAIAN… on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 14:16

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Yes, there is a library near my house. Normally, I go once a month. I get books to read.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Wed, 23/06/2021 - 21:01

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No, I don't have a local library. I used to go to my university library, I read a lot of books in the university library.

Submitted by saeedebrahimip on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 11:53

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Yes I do. I rarely go there, because their books are really old. I offer buy new books.
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Submitted by Marce-English on Sun, 23/05/2021 - 14:46

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Near my house there is a library, right next to my daughter's school, when I have some important exams, I visit this place, so I focus better.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 14:30

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Recently I enjoy reading a bookstore like a library. :)

Submitted by Samqaid on Wed, 12/05/2021 - 22:15

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No, i have an university library So i sometimes borrow some books. At studying time, i'm going there and bring my laptop and wear the headphones then i listen to music and have fun, i'm intersted in borrowing books

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Submitted by nurpais (not verified) on Wed, 12/05/2021 - 17:35

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Yes, we have a local library but nobody goes there

Submitted by Munirah Saad 20 on Sun, 02/05/2021 - 23:18

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yes there is in my city but I never visit it because reading it was not famous habit in my country but now it is ,so I will visit it when covied-19 move
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Submitted by PuenteD on Sun, 02/05/2021 - 17:29

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Yes, We have a local Library, but by the pandemic situation it is closed. When I had visit the library, I liked to read the history books

Submitted by zezosameh on Tue, 27/04/2021 - 21:21

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Unfortunately, I don't have a local library, but I hope to have one in my city, as I like to read books and I will go there many times.

Submitted by tinekeorie on Mon, 19/04/2021 - 10:27

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In my town there is a local library and until two years ago I often went there to borrow books. Now I have an e-reader and so I'm not going anymore.

Submitted by henrik on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 19:21

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My city has a local library but the pandemic situation closed down. In now days my College have a digital library.

Submitted by DarwinM on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 01:40

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I don't have a local library. But before the pandemic I used to go to study at the central library of my university. I enjoy that atmosphere. I usually went there almost three times a week with a few friends. We usually studied, prepared for tests and helped each other.