IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 706 - Public libraries to be unnecessary due to the availability of the Internet

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people consider public libraries to be unnecessary due to the availability of the Internet. Others, however, believe that libraries play an important role in society.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
Nowadays, not many people frequent public libraries anymore as every bit of information required by human beings is available on the Internet. While some deem that public libraries have become obsolete, others are of the opinion that it still plays a pivotal role in society. In this essay, I will confer both views and provide an opinion.

Public libraries are open to everyone, be it to some civilian who has a sudden urge to put his foot up and get immersed in a book, or to students who are struggling with the thesis. They also provide books of many varieties, ranging from historical books to modern fictions. While I am in consummate accord with public opinion that public libraries are more troublesome in terms of information finding as it is irrefutable that it is still the most reliable way as there's a legit source for every bit of information that is come across.

On the flip side, when you have the connection to the Internet, everything is at your fingertips. People can obtain every bit of information without stepping a foot outside their house. Everything on the Internet is if not gratis, affordable and easily acquired. Whilst it is beyond doubt that the Internet has facilitated learning and information finding, it also does not come without a number of drawbacks. One of which is apparent, it is that not every bit of information from the Internet is accurate. This is evident as everyone is free to put up information.

In a nutshell, it is inarguable that the Internet as a means of getting information and learning has made human's life a lot easier. However, the internet is not reliable and while public libraries may serve as a more convoluted way of fetching information, it is still the most trustworthy and therefore, the existence of public libraries are essential in society.
 
[ Written by -  Jaclyn ]
 
 
Model Answer 2:
People have argued about the existence of public libraries. Due to the rapid development of information technology, a group of people believe that the existence of libraries is not necessary, while others disagree. The following essay will explain in details regarding both contradictory opinions, but I do believe that libraries play an important part in our communities.
 
On the one hand, some people think the existence of traditional libraries is not effective and efficient anymore these days. With the development of computer and internet technology, people could find tens of thousands of references through the internet. Besides that, there is a new technology which is commonly called tablet PC, and people could read the electronic book through the device. Therefore, people do not have to bother themselves going to the library to find some articles.
 
On the other hand, for a number of reasons some people believe that traditional libraries should continue to exist. Firstly, it is believed that there are a lot of old books and references that contain historical values and they should be properly maintained in libraries. Secondly, several people prefer to read articles or books in the library, due to the library could offer a quiet and comfortable place for studying. They believe that they could focus and concentrate more in the place. Lastly, not all books are provided in softcopy or electronic versions, therefore people might still search books in libraries.
 
In conclusion, it is a fact that the existence libraries have been argued by a lot of people nowadays. Although with the assistance of internet and computer technology people do not have to go to libraries anymore, I personally think that traditional libraries still play an important part in our societies.
 
[ Written by -  Darwin Lesmana ]
 
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