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Post by churchilllafemme » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:18 pm

I enjoy reading, and I do a lot of it - about half a dozen books each week, mostly fiction, all from our local city and county library branches. Like many, I bemoan the disintegration of our infrastructures and the general incompetence and inefficiency of government, but I have to admit that here we have great library systems. Thursdays are the weekly errand days for my wife and me, and our stops always include the county library branch, which has the largest selection of books and allows them to be taken for 4 weeks, and the city branch, which lets us take movie DVDs for 2 weeks (I know: "Who even uses DVDs any more?..." - but they get new release movies just a couple months after they're at the theaters, and we still use the DVD player). I always have 40 or more titles on reserve at each library, just waiting to be activated. The county library even has free interlibrary loans, so that if they do not have a particular book in their system, they'll search other systems countrywide, and if they find the book they'll get it for me. And if they can't find it anywhere, they send me nice email note apologizing but saying they tried. But what got me thinking about all of this was a book I just got through the interlibrary loan system from Shelby, Montana, which on the inside of its cover has a checkout sheet for handwritten due dates! Living in a relatively large city makes me forget sometimes that other places sometimes still do things the old-fashioned way.

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Re: Libraries

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:17 am

on the opposite side of things, apps such as Libby and OverDrive allow you to loan ebooks, listen to audiobooks and watch films etc from your local library or a consortium of them. Also, several of the larger libraries, NYC for instance, allow out of state patrons to access their catalogue electronically for a modest annual fee...i think $50
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Re: Libraries

Post by Rufus » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:31 am

I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t been to my local library for a very long time. I don’t read as many books as OP does, just one a month (usually history or biography), so I buy the book I want to read; it’s not an e-book, however. Ironically, my wife’s first job was as a librarian for the Hampshire County Council, England, where she was in charge of the mobile library.

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Re: Libraries

Post by jww » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:41 am

With the amount of public domain ebooks (most all classics, e.g.) available for free, I have not borrowed from a public library in at least 5 years. A few weeks ago I went in to take out a book or two, and was informed by the librarian on duty that since I didn't have a card any more I couldn't borrow books without paying a new "resident's fee" because I was deemed a "non-user" of the system. Boy did that make my blood boil, and also make me second think around using our system here in Ottawa.

Contrast that with the little local library in Ocean Park Maine, were we holiday every summer. Anyone who has come into town has full access to the library catalogue for a measly $1.00 for the season. If you are a local resident, access is entirely free. That makes sense to me, and we often pay the $1 just to participate in the funding of the library itself.

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Re: Libraries

Post by brothers » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:46 pm

This reminded me of a time when I had a job that allowed me to travel throughout the state. I've always enjoyed browsing among the shelves and was in the habit of visiting the local libraries whenever I could. They would always have a different assortment of my favorite authors, rare books, or new releases in stock, so if I wanted a certain book that was checked out or missing in one little library, I would usually find what I wanted in the next county.

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