IELTS Cue Card: Describe a library you have visited

Describe a library you have visited

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 190 with Model Answer:

Describe a library you have visited.


You should say:
  • where it was
  • why you went there
  • how you know about this library
and explain your experience in this library.

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

Model Answer:
Last month, I went to Berlin in Germany to have some business deal (I deal with plastic materials) and visited the Berlin State Library. This is a universal library and thus contains all types of printed materials and books.

The library is located in Berlin under Germany.  It is commonly known as Stabi and mostly contains the properties of Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. This is one of largest libraries in the European continent. The library is of great importance for its universal collection of book, research materials, oldest bible, novels, references, oldest books and more others. The library is known as universal for its huge collection and it proudly contains almost all the famous items of the world. The library is also important to the German-spoken people as most of the collections are composed in the German language. The library also collects cultural works of all languages which are not found anywhere else in the world. It also contains some rare collections of world famous artists’ creations like Symphony no.9 of Beethoven, manuscripts of Mozart etc. the library mostly serves the role of research to the people who visit there. 

I went there to have some knowledge about a universal library. I have heard about the universal library and its speciality but have never seen before in my life. So, I was eagerly waiting to visit the library. Besides, I also wanted to read something inside the library and did not miss the chance here. In fact, I had no intentions to read about research or perform any academic activities at the library rather the sole aim was entertainment. I wanted to know about the library, its history, its origin, how it preserved the media and books and more other issues. Besides, I have never entered into any big library like this before. In fact, I was curious to know about the inner events of the library like this one.    

I came to know about the library from the Internet. I have some specific ways to do things. Whenever I go to a new place, I try to get information about the location earlier so that I could not fall in any unwanted danger or situations. I have started practising the method after experiencing some real life ‘situations’ and I had to pay the price unexpectedly for my ignorance. So, before moving to Berlin, I had some home works. I browsed about the entire locality like information about its streets, nearby stations of my place where I will stay, police stations, adjacent visiting places, locations of superstores and shopping malls, routes to arrive in my residing hotel and many more. During the search on the internet, I came to know about the library. Then I decided to pay a visit if I could make some changes and the intention came true.      

The experience inside the library was marvellous. I never expected that I could be able to enter into a huge library like this. The library contains a large number of rare collections. Most of the collections are too rare to be found in any other parts of the globe. The collections of the library are splendid and the preservation system is also a standard one. Thousands of books on different subjects are stored on shelves and I failed to count the books in a single shelf. When I sat with a book inside the library, it appeared that I am carrying a history in my hand in the form of a book. The pages were faded while some of the pages got torn. Besides, the reading tables made with heavy woods also had a great impact on my mind. The entire environment reminds me of the olden days and when I read a book over the German history, it appeared that the events are taking place before me.