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Describe a famous library in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 264 with Model Answer:

Describe a famous library in your country.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where it is
  • how large it is
and explain why it is a famous library in your country.  

[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 1:
People say that a library is the storehouse of knowledge and the saying is perfect. Libraries are the places to earn knowledge and I frequently visit the National Library of Malaysia to get knowledge over different issues. I read different types of books for one hour in the working days in the library.

The National Library of Malaysia is a public library and anyone can enter here to read books. The library is enriched with a large number of books on varied interests. The library has been set to provide knowledge to the present and the upcoming generations on diversified issues of the country especially its history and achievements. Presently the library is enriched with reading materials over 4 million units and a substantial number of the materials have been digitalized.

The library is located in a prime location in the city and the physical address of the library is 232 in Jalan Tun Razak, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As the location is in the middle of the city, the library is accessible from every part of the city and remains open to the visitors and readers from 10 am to 7 pm. The library does not require any entry fee for its visitors. Besides, the seating arrangements are up to the mark and ample spaces allow the visitors and readers to read books comfortably. But as this is an area where people come to read, silence must be maintained here.

This is one of the largest libraries in the country and the building itself reflects the symbols of Malaysian identity. The library is also the symbol of the enriched cultural heritage of the country. The interior of the structure is also wonderful and contains thousands of shelves which are filled with numerous books. The library proudly owns books and other documents around 4.78 million units and among them, 4.52 million units are printed materials. Besides, the library also contains some Malay Manuscripts which are old enough to be treated sincerely. The library has some digital materials as well to serve the purposes for its online users.

The library is famous for numerous reasons and MS ISO 9001:2008 certified library in Malaysia. First of all, the library contains almost all the available histories of the country. Besides, there are some special, rare and serial collections are also available here. Anyone can have magazines, newspapers or any journals which are published by serial. At the same time, they would be able to use the handwritten documents of the 14th century. The rare collections are the combinations of documents which are no longer available in any of the available forms. The private collection of the library also attracts the visitors and different works on literature, religion, culture, architecture, history etc. are notable.



Model Answer 2: 
Libraries are not always used to gain knowledge rather they have some other business as well. Often they are used to play role in the development of the country by assisting the members of the parliament and legislating bodies. The National Diet Library of Japan is famous for such a role in the country.

Commonly known as the NDL, the National Diet Library of Japan is the only national library in the country and plays different roles in line with the roles of a moderate modern library. The library was established in 1948 and the key aim was to aid the policymakers of the country. So the library is kind of similar to the Library of Congress in the United States of America which is used for research and analysis before making any law or policy for that state.

The library was formulated under the National Diet Library Law while the Law was formulated based on the Article 130 of Diet Law of the country. This is a separate law and been formulated to help the Diet members in taking decisions. Thereby, the library has been built on a large scale. The National Diet Library of Japan is located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The main building of the NDL is located in Nagata-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, in Tokyo and the other one is in Kyoto. But in the beginning, the main library, in Tokyo, was not in its current place rather it was housed in the State Guest House which was known as the Akasaka Detacher Palace. The initial construction of the main building was done in 1961 and the complete construction was done in phases that took several years to complete.

This is one of the largest libraries of Japan and the total area of the main building alone is 148,000 square meters and able to contain over 10 million books. The library is well spacious and ventilated. Since the library was intended to be used by the policymakers, politicians and the people related to the legislative body, the features and facilities have been extended up to the mark. Most of the materials, books and volumes have been brought here considering the needs of the policymakers. But some other library facilities are also available in both of the buildings of the library which could be used by both the government executives and the commoners of Japan.

This is a very famous library in Japan as it provides the necessary services to the government members, executives, members of judicial wings and the people of Japan. The two main buildings are located in Kyoto and in Tokyo but considering the public interest, some other branches have been set across the country. The library contains almost all the copies of publications that have been published in Japan. Besides, the foreign language collection is also extensive and enriched and the special collections are adorable. The library has a huge collection of books and documents on the history of Japan, science and technology, law, maps and so on. The easy accessibility has made the library popular to the people of Japan.

If you can talk about this cue card topic, you will be able to describe the following topics as well:

  • Describe a place you love to visit frequently. 
  • Describe a place you like to spend time in. 
  • Describe a large library you have visited. 
  • Describe a quiet place you like. 
  • Describe a famous library you know about.  

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