Individuals, who either cannot afford to or choose not to purchase an extensive collection of these resources themselves, often use libraries that contain public and institutional collections and services. This is particularly the case when an individual needs material that a person is not reasonable expected to own or if they require professional assistance with their research. The latter is resolved by the provision of librarians in most public libraries. These libraries are expects are locating and organising information as well as interpreting information needs. Students who are looking for a quiet place can use the silent area provided and monitored by most libraries.
The libraries that are found today are significantly different and contain a huge array of resources. They can be access points for audio, print and visual materials in a number of formats including documents, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, maps and microform. Modern libraries will often have public facilities to allow individuals to access electronic resources and the internet.