I remember going into the community library probably when I was 8,9, 10 years old and that was just the coolest place because it was where I could go and just rummage through books and find whatever book I wanted, find a table, just kind of lay out all my stuff on the table...do my homework, but more actually, important, just kind of browse through books. I have every very fond memories of community libraries.
When I was in college I went to school at Stanford University and so, of course, I frequented the Stanford LIbrary probably every day.
Actually, what I've discovered is that the library now is a good resource just for logging onto the Internet and getting information, so I tend not to use it in day to day life, unless it's for a science periodical, or science journal that I don't happen to subscribe to. So it's for technical books primarily.
It has been helpful in my career development. When I entered the Astronaut Corps, there was a lot of information that we had to learn about the history of the space program and about the technical side of some of the things that I hadn't learned in school, and there's no better place to learn about that or to find all the technical books than a library. Especially since at a bookstore, if you're lucky enough to be able to find one, it's probably going to cost you an arm and a leg.
So libraries were very helpful.
[Libraries in space?]
Well, I think the future of libraries in space are going to be digital libraries. You do not want to be carrying paper and books into space because you'd have to build a bigger and bigger rocket to launch them. So I think it will be digital libraries exclusively.
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