Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Library User is King

I recently borrowed a book from the library which I had to request from the stacks. The book (Charles Lamb: Miscellaneous Essays), which was last borrowed decades ago, had a rather frightening label pasted in the front cover detailing the rules of library book borrowing.

How things have changed! Today I can borrow ten books (in other cities I have borrowed as many as 15 books at a time), no one tells me what genre of book I may, or may not check out and most libraries I use have self-service check out/in machines so, if I desired, I could borrow ten racy romances without anyone batting an eyelid.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting! I especially like the part about prosecuting the book holder who is not a ticket holder :) And I definitely applaud fines for damaging the books!