A recent online survey conducted by the Swedish furniture giant IKEA reported that one in three Aussies, if given extra time in the day, would prefer to get stuck in a novel than spend one-one-one time with their partners.

There will be similar heart-warming stories in libraries across Australia this Valentine’s Day, when lovers of libraries across the nation will once again claim February 14 as Library Lovers Day. This is the fourth year that the Australian Library and Information Association will host this national celebration in which Australians are encouraged to get cosy with their library.

“Library Lovers Day is a chance for the 12 million Australian library users to celebrate the special relationship that they have with their local library,” said Sue Hutley, Executive Director of the Australian Library and Information Association. “Library lovers are truly passionate about all that libraries offer. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 95% of Australians consider libraries to be important – even non-users are avid supporters of libraries,” Ms Hutley said.

Library Lovers Day is the ideal fun way of celebrating the deep and enduring relationship between the Australian community and its libraries. “Your nearest library might be a government or special library, a university or TAFE library or the local school or public library.” Ms Hutley said. “There are thousands upon thousands of libraries in Australia, all are distinct. Every Australian has their favourite library to ‘love’.” National Media Release

Cockburn Libraries have Mills & Boon / Harlequin novelist Nikki Logan showing her love on Saturday, giving a free talk about writing romance novels. Book your spot now.

 How much do you love your library?