IELTS Cue Card Sample 35 - Describe a library that you visited

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a library that you visited.

You should say:

  • Where it was
  • What it looked like
  • What facilities it had

And explain what influence it had on you and how you felt about it.

Follow-up Questions:

  • Why is library important?
  • What facilities do you expect from a library?
  • What type of book do you like to read? Why do you like them?

Possible Answer:
The library I’d like to talk about that I visited is ‘Illumination Library’ (Tell the name of a library from your home town)  and it is situated in my home town. I have not visited this particular library for the last 2-3 years as I am not living in my hometown any longer and yet this is the library I will always remember. This library is situated at the centre of our hometown and occupies the whole 3 story building. There are plenty of books there and the library offers a variety of books, novels, research papers, magazines and so on for the people of different tastes.

The books are well catalogued and arranged in a convenient fashion. There are more than 3-4 librarians and several other assistants to help find any book. The library also offers membership facility and the active members are allowed to take books to home. Since the library is funded by the government the membership fee is very negligible and affordable for students, there are lots of people visiting and reading there.  

People of our hometown consider this library as the best place to gather knowledge, read in peace and to find reference books for study or professional reasons. For me, this library has a great influence on me. I became a member of this library when I was only 7 years old. My reading habit has been grown up from there. I became a passionate reader of books and novels and this library had a great influence on that. This library also helped me finishing some academic projects as I could find books and reference reading materials. I have read plenty of books in my childhood and adolescence time only because the library was conveniently there for me.


Tips for answering this cue card topic:

You can talk about any library you have visited including your college/ university library. If the questions would have asked you to describe a famous library, then it would have been a bit tricky, but answering this cue card should be easy as we all know what the purposes of the library and what people do there. Start describing the library (location, interior and exterior), the types of facilities if offers and the types of books it has. Then say your activities in this library what you did there. Following are some hints to help you answering this cue card topic:
Location: In my hometown/ In my area/ In the city centre/ in my college or university/ in a different city where I visited etc.

Description: It is a 4 story building, has more than 20,000 books and journals, the environment is quiet and neat, the staffs are helpful, the books are arranged based on writer and topics, some modern facilities like digital index and searching facilities are available, only a few minutes away from the place I live now etc.

Facilities: Membership facility, digital index, staffs are educated and helpful, we can take books home, several types of books, novels, journal and other reading materials are available, it is funded by the local administration and Government and cost very little for the reader, people can stay as long as they want, open 7 days a week, great collection of academic and subject oriented books etc.

Influences it has on you: You have got help from the academic and reference books it has, your reading habit has been enriched because of this library, it offers many facilities, you can take books home and thus your family members can also read the books you take home, a good place to spend time.

If you can answer this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:

1. Describe one of your favourite places.
2 .Describe a library you know about.
3. Talk about a place where you often go to.
4. Describe an activity you have.
5. Talk about a public place in your hometown.
6. Describe a public library.


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