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 zabiullah on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 08:23

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where i live it has two libraries sometimes i use library books for researches. these libraries have different rules if you want to take out books from the library you must have library card and if you want to study in the library you must be quit as well as siwtched off your phones...
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 13:32

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It's a shame that libraries are now closed due to COVID-19. (ノ_

Submitted by suganth on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 08:40

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yes,i usually goes to my college library atleast once in 2 weeks ,generally I go to library to take books which is suggested by my course instructor :)

Submitted by Abdulilah on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 21:06

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Yes I had , when I was studying at university i was going to read books and writing my home work and borrow some books in engineering department

Submitted by Andrew Brown on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 17:52

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From where I live, we don't have a local library, but we do have one in school so often times I visit the library in school, mostly reading, newspapers, magazines, books on business, stocks and finance.

Submitted by Yuzana on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 16:37

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There is a local library in my town, Lay Kay Kaw and the library has just been built. It was located in the center of town and fantastically decorated with wall paintings. I have never been to there because it has not opened yet. If it opes, I will use wifi to download documents which are really essential to improve my language skills.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Sun, 29/03/2020 - 16:15

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when i was a student, i often went to the library to borrow book and novel
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 20:18

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Yes. More often. I read my book there.
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Submitted by Sergei Baskakov on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 12:55

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I have many libraries near my house but I don't have a library card because I learn everything I need on the Internet

Submitted by AlejandraIlud22 on Mon, 23/03/2020 - 02:27

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I have a library near me. I haven't visited a library in four years. Now I consult all the task on the internet.

Submitted by Diana Avila on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 21:46

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When I was in the school I frequently visited the library in the center of the city and there my classmates and I search about different topics for our graduate work

Submitted by Lakbir othman on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 15:16

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Yes, I had it when I was studying at university and i go there when i wanted read a book or do exercices

Submitted by HMida on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 16:28

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I have an university library. it offers us to borrow some books. We can take up to three books today. And, we have one week to read these books. For evey day we are late there is a fee of five dollars.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 12:09

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Whenever I visit a library, I wish I could live there as a bookworm, but actually I prefer reading books lying down! ;)

Submitted by Ali samer on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 10:23

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iam studying English i want practice with any one ???
Hi! I studing English the same but my problem is when I become speak English, I`m so upset and I think I looking stupid, when I can`t explain something and prefer writing. How I can running of that problem? :/

Hello Stela,

It can be difficult speaking in a foreign language, can't it? We can feel a little bit silly, and think that other people might laugh at us. But is this how you feel when someone from another country tries to speak your language? Do you laugh at them? I expect you don't, and the truth is that we all react in this way. We know learning a foreign language is not an easy or quick thing, so we are encouraging and helpful. There's no reason for you to imagine that people won't be the same way with you.

 

Confidence is key, and the more you speak, the more confident you will be. When I learn a foreign language, I speak all the time to myself at home, or to my dog (who is very patient). I describe what I'm doing, I have 'conversations' with the radio or television, I describe what I can see in front of me and so on. In this way I learn to speak more quickly, even if my grammar is not perfect, and when I need to speak to somebody else it is much easier. I think this is the best advice I can give: speak at home and when you're alone - it really will help.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ali samer on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 10:22

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it was a small library in my collage .I went ther when need book or surces for presentation

Submitted by Talha Munir on Tue, 25/02/2020 - 18:27

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Yes, a very small library we have in our village, I can't come there(library) in my life, but I see it daily when I go to school, that's on my way..

Submitted by Eswar on Sat, 22/02/2020 - 06:08

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Yes we have a library Which is 1 km From My Home , Me and my friends often go to library. to find the new books and magazines in the library.And read the books completely. It was great excitement to read the stories Which is published in magazines.

Submitted by IMEN ABBES on Thu, 20/02/2020 - 16:11

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Yes I have a local library. I go there one time per week. I prefer read my lessons there and sometimes I borrow some books.

Submitted by Yenn nguyen on Wed, 19/02/2020 - 09:47

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No. But I often go to the library in the school and borrow it. Just use library card you can borrow books . If you lose and tear, you have to pay for it. And must take care of it.

Submitted by Adriana Menegale on Thu, 13/02/2020 - 16:10

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Yes, I have a local library, but I don´t usually go. I prefer to search for books on the internet.

Submitted by siciidgaagaale on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 17:39

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yes but not alot of libraries ,i can say it is because our local people do not read alot . for me the last time i visited library was two months ago . i borrowed a book put i have not backed it yet .the limited time was 3 weeks .

Submitted by Vidyasagar on Fri, 07/02/2020 - 03:30

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Yes, we have a local library. It is 2 km away from my home. I don't go there often. Whenever i go there, i go to read books. I don't have a library card.

Submitted by Sanja on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 14:30

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Yes, I go there twice a month. I borrow psychological books for me and some books for my children, especially fairy tales.

Submitted by MaryaSun on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 15:33

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Hello, near my home there is not a library so i can't spend my afternoon there! but i hope one day to live near a library and i woul spend there alla my afternoon ..i want lose myself around the shelves and i wold like to breath the smell of the books.

Submitted by serena lee on Mon, 13/01/2020 - 03:52

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there is a small library in my country. I usually come there at the week end with my sister. We can borrow maximum 4 books and back after 2 weeks. All of time we study in the library after school time because it is quiet and cool. When I grow up, I will built another library which is bigger and more modal for children.

Hello serena lee

That sounds like a great ambition!

Please note that LearnEnglish is made for adults, LearnEnglish Teens is for people aged 13–17 and LearnEnglish Kids is for people aged 12 and younger. If you are younger than 18 years old, please take a look at whichever site is most appropriate for you.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Mon, 23/12/2019 - 13:01

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I like to browse books in a library. It's quick and easy!
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Submitted by Mohamad-Altaha on Sun, 22/12/2019 - 13:15

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No, I don't, but if I need some books, I can find them on the Internet as a PDF

Submitted by shahhoseini on Fri, 20/12/2019 - 05:46

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There is a public librariy in my city. when I was student, I was going to there and studied but I prefer to work at my home now.

Submitted by elit.sw on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 17:34

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the nearest town to us is a college town, and there is a very big and beautiful library there. I used to go there frequently in the summer but now I am to busy. And of course I studied or did my researches there.

Submitted by Rehameisa on Tue, 26/11/2019 - 09:09

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ilike the way that librarian explained the rules.and how he help student to got all help ..when i was student i did not got that dealing

Submitted by Mehrafz on Sun, 24/11/2019 - 07:28

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Yes I have a local library. I usually go to the local library once a week. I borrow books, or Cd's . I sometimes go the library to read magazines or newspapers . Since there is free internet in the library I also use there to do my research . I usually participate in the book critic meetings in the library in which the writer is invited to talk about his/her book and answer the audience questions. Sometimes I wish I could be a librarian working in the library.

Submitted by Dariusz on Fri, 22/11/2019 - 01:40

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Yes I have a local library but I rarely go there. When I studied I went there many times.
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Submitted by johnny depp on Fri, 04/10/2019 - 06:42

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Thanks so much all of you. you have a good performance in this site. I think English is very good language.

Submitted by Josep Anton on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 18:06

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Yes, I have a local library. Usually I go to library once a month. I go for a borrow books and too for read newspaper and magazines

Submitted by Izzati Saufie on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 14:57

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I have completed the lesson for Finding The Library. The level I chose is Beginner A1

Submitted by nurnadiahazlan on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 10:31

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I have completed the lesson for "Finding the Library". The level I chose is Beginner A1,

Submitted by nurul ashikin on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 07:30

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I have completed the lesson for "Finding the Library". The level I chose is Beginner A1

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.