Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 105 - Describe your favourite library

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

Describe your favourite library.

You should say:

  • what it is and where it is located
  • how it is beneficial to you and others
  • what you do there

and explain why this is your favourite library.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

Thank you for this cue card topic because it allows me to describe a place where I spend a significant amount of time as a student, learning about many things. I am talking about my favourite library.

The name of this library is “Central Library” at Indian Institute of Technology, which is located in the city of Chennai (formerly known as “Madras”) of Tamil Nadu. I visited this library and studied there for about 5 years when I was studying Engineering.

It has around 2 million books covering all disciplines of science, engineering, technology, humanities & social sciences. The collection comprises printed documents such as books, reports, theses, standards, atlases, patents and journal back volumes. Being very well equipped with modern facilities and resources, the library also has non-book collections, including microfiche/film, audio/video cassettes and CD ROM discs. It has a separate collection of prescribed textbooks under 'Book Bank' for the exclusive use of students.  

Besides, it also has a website which provides to its students the electronic access to various full text & bibliographical databases & e-journals.  The library is a large 5-storey building, and it has nice layout and architecture where a very large number of students can accommodate themselves in their own privacy.

Anyway, as a post-graduate student, I visit this library in order to study and research. I also use computers at this library in order to read some news and chat with my friends online when I get tired of studying. This great library benefits me and all other students by allowing us access to all kinds of important information on a rather quick notice which otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

Anyway, it is my favourite library because I really like the nice, quiet and clean environment there, where I am not only able to gain important knowledge, but also able to relax by studying all kinds of interesting materials. Besides, it also allows me to share views and exchange information with my friends and fellow students on important study-related information which help me in a great deal academically.

Sample Answer 2:

The "City Central Library" in my town is my favourite library. This is a library that is run and funded by the local council and is a renowned library in our town. This library is more than 100 years old and has a very rich collection of books, journals, reference books, novels and other reading materials. The authority has recently introduced some digital book searching and reading facilities, which I believe is a great initiative. Almost 200 people go to this library every day and it offers a quiet and calm environment for readers, exactly the environment a bookworm would expect.

This library offers many benefits for us. The most important thing is about a library is that it comprises books that are the main source of knowledge and wisdom. This library has more than 20,000 books and people can easily find a book that might interest them or the books they were looking for. Students come here to take reference for their assignments; some readers come to read novels and stories by world-renowned writers and some locals come here to read newspapers and magazines. The regular members can borrow books to home and thus can read in their free time. Time spent in a library is a wise investment and I feel that the contribution of this library towards making an informed and conscious generation is unmatched.

I often go to the library to read books that are in my "must-read" list. Besides, this is a good place to take notes and to read. And I often go there for my study purpose. As I am a member of this library, I can borrow books and I usually return those books in every 4-5 days to borrow a new one.

We have many famous libraries in our country that I heard about and yet this is the very library that helped me grow my interest in an extra-curricular habit -which is reading books for pleasure and not for academic purposes only. I have read books from this library that have greatly helped me and because of that, I like this library more than any other library in the world. Furthermore, the environment for reading a book there, the friendly staff, the arrangement of books, the rich collection, and my easy access to this library make it my favourite library.


Similar Cue Card topics:

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a place where you often go to.
  2. Describe a public library you know about.
  3. Describe a public place in your hometown.
  4. Describe a place where you often meet your friends.
  5. Describe a library in your community.


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