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Essay IELTS Sample 01


Клековкина Е., Манн
М., Тейлор-Ноулз С.

Write about the following topic:

The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books, and they should not waste their limited resources and space on providing expensive hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs.


To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.Write at least 250 words. 

—    make an introduction (state the problem)
—    express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
—    express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
—   explain why you don't agree with the opposing opinion
—    make a conclusion restating your position


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Traditionally a library is a place that shelves many books a reader can read or borrow. However, technological advancement and its tremendous effects on the way we learn new things and share information have redefined the concept of a library in recent daysThus digital contents and technological facilities are widely used in public libraries all around the world and I quite disagree with the notion that these amenities are a waste of resource or space for a library.

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Opposers of high-tech libraries often argue that they distract readers and costs a lot of money. I, however, believe that libraries with modern facilities are far more useful to readers and allow the librarian to manage its collection in a more organised fashion. Multimedia resources offer readers a dynamic combination of images, sounds, videos and virtual tours. Thus listening to a famous historical speech or taking a virtual tour at the Colosseum is far more interactive and exciting than just reading about them. Moreover, multimedia facilities and DVDs in a library may initially seem expensive, but they preserve valuable resources for a longer time and contain important information for future research and reference. To cite an example, a single DVD can store the entire volume of Encyclopedia Britannica which would otherwise occupy a large shelf of a library.

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Interestingly, a public library can actually save money and space and attract more readers with the use of technology and interactive contents. When they have computers and library management software, they barely need many staff membersBesides, it takes great effort to protect books from moisture, fire and human damages but digital contents can easily be copied and preserved for as many years as we want. As for attracting young generations, a high-tech library is more successful.

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To conclude, the transformation of public libraries have made them more beneficial to readers and researchers as they now work as centres for interactive learning and knowledge sharing. It is expected that traditional libraries would include digital and modern facilities to enhance human knowledge and experience.

Read by George William Dole



Recommended synonyms:


Shelve – store, keep

Redefine -predetermine; destine; predestinate; doom

Notion- concept, notion, conception

Amenities- facility, service

Initially- at first, at the start, at the outset, in/at the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally

Preserve- guard, protect, keep, defend

Contain- include, comprise

Enhance- increase, add to, intensify, magnify, amplify