IELTS Listening 3 - Section 1

IELTS Tip

There are four sections, which become harder as the test goes on. The first two sections are concerned with everyday social activities. Section 1 is always a conversation between two speakers. In Sections 2 you will hear a talk by one speaker.

You will hear a number of different recordings and you have to answer questions on what you hear. There will be time for you to read the instructions and questions and you have a chance to check your work. All the recordings will be played once only. The test is in 4 Sections. At the end of the test you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answersheet.

Now turn to section 1: You will hear a man, telephoning a library, to find out about joining. First you have some time to look at Questions 1-10.

You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. So 18 years has been written on the form. Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen, because you will NOT hear the recording a second time.

Listen carefully and answer Questions 1 to 10:

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Questions 1-10

Complete the form below, using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

LIBRARY INFORMATION
ExampleAnswer
Minimum joining age18 years
For registration, must take:
  • two and
  • two forms of I.D. e.g. driving licence,

Cost to join per year (without current student card):

Number of items allowed (members of public):

Login times: four weeks

Fines start at

Computers can be booked up to hours in advance

Library holds most national papers, all , and magazines Need to use photocopier

Creative Writing class
  • tutor is John and
  • held on evenings

CHECK ANSWERS

LIBRARIAN:
Good morning, North College Library. How can I help you?
MAN:
I was wondering if it was possible to join the library.
LIBRARIAN:
Are you a student at North College?
MAN:
No, I'm not, but someone told me it was possible to join, even if I wasn't.
LIBRARIAN:
That's right, it is. Are you over 18? That's our minimum joining age.
MAN:
Yes, I am.
LIBRARIAN:
That's no problem then.
MAN:
Could you tell me what I have to do to join?
LIBRARIAN:
Well, you'll need to come in to the library and fill out some forms. You'll also need to bring two passport photos with you. We also need two documents for ID, so a driving licence would be fine.
MAN:
I've got that and what else? A credit card?
LIBRARIAN:
No, it needs to have your address on it.
MAN:
Shall I bring a bank statement, would that do?
LIBRARIAN:
That'll be fine.
MAN:
Good. Does it cost anything to join?
LIBRARIAN:
Well, it's free for students here but otherwise it's 125 per year or 25 if you've got a current student card from another college.
MAN:
I was at Westerly College until last year but now I've got a job at Jefferson's steel factory. Er, it's more expensive than I thought. My local library is free.
LIBRARIAN:
But you'll find they don't have the range of reference books or facilities which we buy for our students. That's why you have to pay to be an external member.
MAN:
I see. How many books can I borrow?
LIBRARIAN:
We allow twelve items borrowed at any one time if you're a student, and that includes CDs, DVDs and videos. However, it's only eight items for members of the public.
MAN:
Fine. And how long can I have them for?
LIBRARIAN:
Well, you can have both fiction and reference books for four weeks which isn't bad really.
MAN:
And what happens if I return them late?
LIBRARIAN:
Like all libraries there's a fine system in place. The minimum fine is 1.50 but it can be much higher for some items - up to 5 per week.
We'll give you a booklet with all the details when you join. You can always renew items if they're not required by anyone else by telephoning or logging on to our website.
MAN:
What about the computers? Can I use them free of charge?
LIBRARIAN:
For college students it's free, but for external members like yourself, the first hour is free and then we make a nominal charge of 1 per hour thereafter.
MAN:
Do I have to book in advance for them?
LIBRARIAN:
Oh, yes, it's advisable. Most people tend to book twenty-four hours in advance although sometimes you can get one with only six hours' notice.
However, the earliest you can book a computer is forty-eight hours before you need it, and you can only book one hour at a time.
If no-one else has booked the computer out, then you may be able to have another hour if you want. We have a wide range of databases, so the computers are in great demand.
MAN:
I'm thinking of doing some writing and I might need to access national newspapers. Do you have them on these databases?
LIBRARIAN:
We do indeed. We've got all the big nationals, The Guardian and The Observer, The Independent and The Times and Sunday Times.
We've also got all the local papers and a wide selection of magazines.
MAN:
Excellent. I assume you have photocopying facilities?
LIBRARIAN:
Of course. 5p a sheet for both A4 and A3 black-and-white copies and 40p a sheet for colour.
You can get a card from the counter here - it doesn't take coins.
MAN:
OK. Oh by the way, another thing I was wondering about was if you ran any writing classes through the library?
LIBRARIAN:
We do, but you'll have to speak to John Grantingham about that. He's our resident author. He runs the creative writing classes.
MAN:
John ... Grant .... Could you spell that for me please?
LIBRARIAN:
Certainly.G-R-A-N-T-I-N-G-H-A-M.
MAN:
Are the classes here at the library?
LIBRARIAN:
Yes - he's here on Thursday evenings, oh no sorry, Friday - he's just changed it. You can contact him by emailing the library.
MAN:
Okay. Right, well that's about all I need to know. Thank you. I'll be along later this week to join. Thanks. Bye.