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Libraries continue to stay relevant by adapting services

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is a lot of emphasis on getting kids ready for the start of the school year. But even in the digital age, libraries are still a relevant resource.

The Louisville Free Public Library is coming off of a strong summer and hopes to keep that momentum.

"Kids come back to the library as they go back to school because they're looking for materials for homework or they're looking for something fun to read, as opposed to what they have to read," said Craig Bethod, the director of the library.

Between 10 and 11,000 people visit the public library every day and about a third of those visitors are children.

"We are seeing as many people today as we did before the advent of the computers and part of the reason for that is because we have computers for people to use," Bethod said.

One of the things that librarians say keeps libraries relevant is adapting services to support users.

"Students still need access to resources and libraries provide the access," said U of L librarian Maurini Sturb.

U of L librarians say once school starts in three weeks, the library's tables will be packed with students. The university library primarily supports the school's academic research, but it is open to the public.

"During the school year there's a buzz, there's a lot of energy, there's a lot of traffic," Sturb said. "Because we're a state-funded institution, we are open to anybody. Anybody can come in and use our resources."

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