Finding the library

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

Instructions

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 Abdelmouttalib on Thu, 26/09/2019 - 13:22

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In reality we don't any library.

Submitted by Louvennea Joyenne on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 09:11

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We do have local library here but i don't go to the local library instead i only go to my university library. I have done my answering all the questions.

Submitted by Pawani on Wed, 18/09/2019 - 13:33

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I don't go to the library. but some times I use internet.
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Submitted by TP on Wed, 18/09/2019 - 13:28

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Well, we do have a local library but there aren't enough books or facilities for many people. Frankly, l rarely visit it. Nowadays, I mostly use the internet to study. I also have a good collection of books at home.
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Submitted by Cheeseontop on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 16:58

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The librarian said “ you can take up to six books maximum today “. What does “ take up” mean ?. Does it have the same meaning with borrow ?

Hello Cheeseontop

In this sentence, the verb is 'take', which implies 'borrowing' in this context, and then 'up to' is a preposition meaning 'up until'. It expresses the same idea as 'maximum' in this case, so actually the librarian could have just said 'up to six books' instead of 'up to six books maximum'.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by vahidvahediasl on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 10:38

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my university has a good library...students are always silent so i can study with hight quality

Submitted by raza.umar on Mon, 16/09/2019 - 17:46

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Hi, I am from Gujranwala, Pakistan. We have a public library in our town. It is a good library that entailing lot of books of all fields. I, often go there and read many books and newspapers. Moreover, I also have the membership card so, I can easily go there and read many books as I can.

Submitted by lethanhhoa85 on Wed, 11/09/2019 - 10:00

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This is the first time I have a comment on this site. I really like this website, it is very useful for me to learn English. I don't have a local library. But I used to go to the library at my university when I was a student. I went there for borrowing some book to read. I love reading book :D

Submitted by bawk san aung on Tue, 27/08/2019 - 17:52

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American center is the best place for a library in my country. Inspiration and motivation are given by that to me. It opens 6 days a week and i usually go there on Saturday once a week. So many books are attracting me but i usually choose the laptop one to practice this website.Because the wifi is available with free with good connection there.