Even in this day and age – when anyone who’s anyone has a huge personal pdf archive – ‘dead tree’ libraries are still used by many (or most?) of us.
Partly because I’ve never worked on a computer that can do more than three things at once, partly because I spend 90% of my waking life staring at screens anyway, and partly because I really prefer to hold literature in my hands and have it scattered about the desk while writing, I hate using pdfs and will always use hard-copy when possible. I even find myself wasting time hunting down a printed-out copy of a paper when I know full well that a digital version is just a few clicks away on a hard-drive. I blame the few billion years my ancestors spent in three-dimensional space for all this. Relying on dead-tree literature has its drawbacks, of course: I refer to the space you need for all that paper. But, come on, paper libraries are surely a thing of beauty. Feast your eyes on my collection of bird literature… (and this isn’t all of it)