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Published February 5th 2013
Keep calm and go to a library
Living in the city has its many perks, but sometimes one just wants to escape the hustle and bustle. An oasis of calm right in the heart of Melbourne's CBD that won't cost you a cent is the City Library. Its facade is that of an old massive stone building, which it shares with the Center of Adult Education (CAE), but its interior is modern, bright, and expansive.
On the ground floor is the Information Desk, which is manned by a very helpful staff. Don't hesitate to come up and make your inquiries; library membership is free and they'll guide you through the process, or you can just go up to one of their computers and sign up. A really cool tidbit about Melbourne's libraries is that their systems are all interconnected, so that if you are a member of the North Melbourne or East Melbourne libraries, you can use that membership to borrow in any of these libraries and the same regulations apply.
They have a huge selection of books - their fiction and non-fiction titles nearly make up the entire first floor - and it can be a bit overwhelming if it's your first time to visit, but at the same time exciting because of all the choices available to you.
But books are not the only ones available to borrow; they also have DVDs and CDs, and which are not limited to English-language selections.
Now if all you want is some place quiet to hang out in for a while, there are chairs and tables, and stools all around where you can sit and read, or work on your laptop. There are even quiet rooms available for students and professionals who need to get some serious work done. Or, you can check out what's on display at the exhibit space on the first floor. And when all of that has suddenly made you hungry, there's a coffeeshop right outside (but still in the same building).
Yes, hanging out in a library may not be everyone's idea of a good time. But we all need to try something new every now and then, and who knows - maybe you just might find yourself enjoying it.