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Library Loot, a Monday Musing

musingmondays1Do 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?

Since my branch has closed over a year ago for seismic retrofit and renovation, I can count with my fingers the number of times I pay visit to the library. Recently a new branch opens across town in the Richmond District, right where my favorite indie bookstore is, so I have rekindled the fun of browsing the library stacks. I usually limit my book loot to 2 or 3 books, at most 4, assured that I will have plenty of time skimming, if not reading through them. I usually acquire on my own books that are very popular among library patrons, as the paging list can be painfully long. I don’t borrow books when ‘ve already had some out, partly because I’m not most organized with different due dates.

31 Responses

  1. I love my library and check out so many books that it is a wonder that I can keep them all in order. However, I did just organize them according to due date on my bookshelf, this way I hope to get them read before I have to try to renew them or return them unread.

  2. I used to borrow but since I moved to my new home, I am buying more as my library is 40 km away. Not worth the effort.

    Mondays: Musings/Mailbox/whereabouts

  3. I used to go to the library, not anymore though.

  4. Wow, four books. Lucky you, Matt.

    Here’s mine:
    http://thebookresort.blogspot.com/2009/06/musing-mondays.html

  5. I work in a university library. There are no limits on the number of books you can borrow, and the loan period is long (6 months) so I always have a ridiculous number of books out. I tend not to have as many books out from my local public library, though as the loan period is not as long. I think most of my reading needs are met by work and the bookshop.

    I sometimes end up returning things that I don’t get to, and yes I do re-borrow them again and usually end up reading them the second time around.

  6. I tend to buy books. Mainly because of the whole deadline thing. I’m a slow reader and it makes me feel too pressured to read faster.

  7. Hi!
    I get 5 to 8 books at a time when I go to the library. I am usually there every 2 weeks. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/musing-mondays.html

  8. My local library is fairly new so I’m just now beginning to fully utilize it. I typically don’t check out more than 3 at a time.

  9. It is so hard when your library is closed for renovation. We will be going through that here soon. It will be worth it once our huge library is open!
    Here. is my Musing Monday!

  10. Having a library right next to the bookstore is double the fun. I would have a great time with that.

    Our library is fabulous, and an easy bike ride away which is great in summer.

  11. I think the library is great for those books that you might be unsure of. That way there is not guilt if you don’t finish them! 🙂

  12. No limit on books – I tend to gauge size and how fast I think I can read what I’ve picked up/how much free time I have. I’ll take at minimum 2 books and up to about 7 (although have hade at least 12 at one time). If I returne a book I will rarely re-borrow it, however, thanks to online accounts, I do occasionally renew books that I haven’t finished yet. It’s the trip to the library that is the kiss of death as I’ll forget about them.

    As for due dates – when I check them out I put the receipts on a corkboard and try to read in order of return date should I take books out after having others out. I then cross off the books as I finish. I’ll also put the due dates on my Google Calender and request a reminder.

  13. Staci:
    I’m not very good with due dates, and I panic about forgetting them.

  14. gautami:
    Although my libraries aren’t 40km away, but I tend to go visit only if they’re on my way somewhere.

  15. The Social Frog:
    I go when I am looking for books that I won’t buy.

  16. Diane:
    I work out that four is a good number. 🙂

  17. CW:
    I forgot to mention the library on campus, from which I can check out for a semester. I used library so much more often when I was a grad student.

  18. Yvonne:
    The deadline and that I like to “possess” a copy of my own make me more of a buyer! 🙂

  19. Sherrie:
    You have a well-organized library routine. If I have more time besides work and grocery shopping, I’ll pay more visits to the library.

  20. Lisa:
    Three books are usually what I take home too. 🙂

  21. Danielle:
    My city (San Francisco) is having a rotating library branch closure. It seems to me that my branch has taken forever to re-open. *sigh*

  22. Becca:
    It’s a very fun excursion now when I hit the new library with extended reading room and the indie. I have to do the “BYOB” thing to carry all the books home, at least to the car.

  23. christina @ annotated reading:
    Totally. I would go and check out the books at the library first and see if they’re really for me. 🙂

  24. Christina @ stacked blog:
    I would have to insert colored flags that stick out the pages of the books to remind me of the due dates. I’ve had a serious delinquency. I went on vacation and fogt to return the books. Psst….

  25. I try to limit my library check outs as well. When I have too many I get nervous that I’ll let one become late.
    Here’s my musing

  26. I will return to the library as soon as I finish reading all the unread books in my house.
    I figure about 2015…lol

  27. When I was going to the library regularly I tried to limit the books to usually no more than 5. Sad that I still would return so many unread by the time they were due! ha…

    I’m on a library ban this summer as I’m trying to read more from my stacks 🙂

  28. jennygirl:
    I just don’t want to lug around too many books. I gather more than I will actually check out, wedding, deciding, and narrowing down to about 3 or 4.

  29. caite:
    2015? LOL

  30. iliana:
    The ones I check out from library are usually low priority. So I usually read more from my pile and buy the books that I really like. 🙂

  31. I go for non-fiction, which I never buy. I limit my loot to just a few books.

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