Monday, July 6, 2009

Musing Mondays

MUSING MONDAYS are hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page. Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post (taken from the Musing Mondays archives) is about library borrowing…

Do you restrict yourself on how many books you take out from the library at a time? Do you borrow books if you already have some out? Do you always reborrow books you don’t get to?

I don't have a hard and fast rule about how many books I take out of the library. Of course, I work in a library and that adds a whole other dimension to this question. I try not to take more than I can read in the three week circulation period. Because many of the books I want to read have a long list of patrons waiting to get them, I can't always predict when my name will rise to the top. Sometimes they all come in at once. Recently, I've begun scheduling exactly (to the day) that I want the books to arrive - one perk of working behind the circulation desk. I currently have books scheduled out until the end of August. I would say that for the most part I have 3 library books checked out at a time. And usually I get them read before I have to return them. Of course occasionally I return them late - and I don't have to pay fines - another perk.
How about you? What are your library habits? Please leave a comment here or link to your own Musing Monday post.

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Sandy said...

I tend to order my books online and pick them up as the library notifies me. I don't usually have more than 3 out at a time 'cause there's always that possibility that something will get misplaced!

C said...

Okay, I'm going to admit something to you with the understanding that I'm going to be judged for it....I've lived in Florida for a year now, and I have never gotten around to getting a library card. (cringes, waits for admonishment) I know, I know...and before posting this comment, I applied for one online, so it should be here in less than 4 business days. Does that make it better?

But to answer the question, I usually check out four or five books at a time...more in the summer, less when things are crazy at work. Many, many, many more when I'm up at the cottage (where I have an active library card!!)

Angie said...

No, I never restrict myself. I think I have about 50 books checked out at the moment. That's about the highest I've ever gotten.

Yes, I continue to borrow books when I already have some out. I usually check out between 10-20 books at a time. I had to get a really sturdy library bag to be able to carry that many books to the car.

I've never actually had the experience of not finishing a book that I wanted to finish. I've gotten bored with some books in the past and not finished them (although this year I've had to finish the boring ones too for the blog), but I've never had an experience of checking out more books than I was able to read.

Anita said...

I use the library and I buy books too. I'm awful about seeing something new that I want to read and borrowing it and whatever I went after, and I like to get audio books too for car rides.
I'd say most of the time I have no more than 3 or 4 items out at a time. I feel so guilty about late fees, so I work hard not to have


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