Finding the library

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

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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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Hello thanhtam

Since you mention going to school, I just wanted to say that our site is made for adult learners of English. If you are under 18, you should go to LearnEnglish Teens, which has topics that are probably more interesting for you.

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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 07/07/2019 - 14:54

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Yes, I have a local library near my house which has a number of books. I run through some books there. Today, I borrowed 8 books. ◖ฺ|⌯˃̶₎₃₍˂̶ ॣ|◗·˳♪⁎˚♫

Submitted by fariba on Sun, 07/07/2019 - 10:45

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yes ,there is a local library near my home.many years i haven't gone there . i had studied my lessons.

Submitted by Zaw Win Aung on Thu, 04/07/2019 - 16:14

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I prefer to read books in the library. When my student’s time, I used to go to library and read the books there.

Submitted by popo1011 on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 08:15

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There is not a library around my home. But i go to a library inside my office. its books are about building engineering. meantime I have a little library in my home. specially, I read psychology books, Jojo Moyes novels.

Submitted by Cho on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 06:07

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There is a library in my school. I go there once a week and read quietly in this.

Submitted by Diana0419 on Sun, 30/06/2019 - 07:09

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Of course! There is a local library where is near my house. I love to go to the library in my free time because the library has a lot of materials for me to read or use, such as CDs, lectures, references and more. Therefore, it is convenient for me to acquire some useful knowledge to preview.

Submitted by chris-kutte on Thu, 27/06/2019 - 09:48

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I have a library in the old school of my home town. Usually I don't go to the library. I prefer to read articles and books online.

Submitted by Mennaosama on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 04:18

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i do not have any library inside me so i donot go to it

Submitted by Roger Rogers on Mon, 24/06/2019 - 12:55

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There is a library next to our building but I never tried borrowing a single book. I prefer reading online articles.

Submitted by Pawani on Wed, 19/06/2019 - 13:31

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I went to library in my school time. But I can't go now because I haven't got free time.

Submitted by Praveen kumar on Mon, 10/06/2019 - 12:18

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I have a liabrary in my collage and I borrow some book and somtime I spend freetime to read some store books.

Submitted by abdalhameed on Sun, 09/06/2019 - 18:08

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I prefer to read in my home, I sometimes go to my university library to burrow the books that i need

Submitted by Agata2021 on Mon, 03/06/2019 - 12:54

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Yes, we have a local library. I go there two times a month. I like reading and usually I borrow books, especially proffesional books for my field.

Submitted by mhazizi on Tue, 28/05/2019 - 16:17

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Hi anyone I have a small library in my hose and a big library in my office. I reefer to my library in my hose every week, but my visit into the library in my office is not a lot. However, I like to visit it very much because the environment of library is very relaxing and quiet. Thanks

Submitted by andredithfv on Mon, 20/05/2019 - 06:15

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I have a local library. I go two days for week there. I like read literature books there, I see friends there too, and we speaks about books, or politic, or music there. I go to borrow books, because I am research about history off my country and I need read about this. I like go to take write class too. The last book that I go to borrow was Sunset Park of Paul Auster.

Submitted by Binitachowdhury on Tue, 14/05/2019 - 19:26

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Yes, i have a local Library it is actually my University library. I often go there for reading & preparing for my assignments . Besides i go there for time spending.

Submitted by Wahiba on Tue, 14/05/2019 - 00:55

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I had gone to the library of the university for 05 Years when I was student.I went there to borrow books and I revise my lessons. I loved working there it was a beautiful and quiet area.

Submitted by Setareh on Sun, 12/05/2019 - 16:05

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There are lot of libraries in my town, but I never use them, because I prefer study in my house and when I need new books I prefer buy them.

Submitted by gallo on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:08

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Hi friends, I am writting you from a small village in Seville, Spain. In my town there is a public library but I have never used to study or borrow books from there because I have prefered my home to study and I use to look for information from internet. I like reading but I always buy the books which are read for me.

Submitted by Ana Luisa Sanc… on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:42

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I live in Mexico City, and there are a few libraries here, and I can´t go there often because they are far a way from my house.

Submitted by Liv hoang on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 07:06

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There are lots of libraries in Hanoi City Center. I like library of France cultural center. I go to there afterwork to read and study. I usually borrow books, cds and dvds from library to home.

Submitted by Stanley Alvarez on Sat, 04/05/2019 - 02:18

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Yes I do. There is a neighborhood library but I don't use it, because I live near to university and so I can go to university library. There, I often carry my laptop and write about some document I'm preparing for my studies.

Submitted by phyulay on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 07:58

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Yes,I have.I went there once a week and I studied there for an hour and then when I went back,I borrowed two books to home.

Submitted by Hana Jasumin on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 15:18

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yes, i have local labrary but i go rarely there

Submitted by Adem-new on Thu, 18/04/2019 - 11:01

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Yes, I have a library card as well as two different library card. I was going to the local library but at the moment I can't go because the library is so far from me.

Submitted by César Árraga on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 20:55

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Yes, I do. The local library is 20 minutes from my house on public transport. Generally, I going to library three times for week and in the study room, I usually going to read my books when I'll take a test in my Institute or sometimes I use the library's computer to investigate on the internet.

Submitted by Petr on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 14:34

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I have a small library in next house. But I don't never used it, because e-library is more comfortable with me. There I can find any book.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 19:16

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I be familiar with libraries, because I managed a public library in my town for many years. It was a very interesting job, wich gave me great satisfactions.

Submitted by mehrazin on Wed, 03/04/2019 - 07:13

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Dear british Council Team I v got a question. I cant find the online dictionary. would you please help me with sending me the related links ? Thanks in advance.
Hello mehrazin There used to be a dictionary search box on all of our webpages, but it stopped working and we were unable to fix it. But you can access the same dictionary at https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ . The Longman dictionary (https://www.ldoceonline.com/) is also very useful, as it has a lot of example sentences. Enjoy! All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team
you just type in google so that you could find the online dictionary provided by google dictionary. it is usefull!

Submitted by mehrazin on Wed, 03/04/2019 - 07:00

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Hello there There is a local library close to the city center, located on the vicinity of one of the main squares of the city . There is another nice and specialized library in my city .When i was 22, one of my favorite was translating a variety of articles with different subjects. that was amazing and i really enjoy it . I went to that specialized one to translate the various articles .Actually i v worked as a translator for a while. Nowadays, I go to the library to borrow the books . I like studying books very much. Many thanks to The british Council Team

Submitted by krigss91350 on Sat, 30/03/2019 - 15:09

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Yes there are good libraries in my city. Sometimes i go to the library and take different books. My relative works as the librarian and so i can take books at any time.