Do you have a system for borrowing out books from the library? Do you know what you’re going to borrow before you get there? How often do you borrow out books?
Actually, I do have a system – but many who hear it find it rather funny (of course, they are not as obsessed with books as I am – so I am hoping that my blog friends will not find this nearly as “odd”)
When I hear of a book that I think I might enjoy (and that is quickly becoming a daily activity now that I have discovered the book blog world) – I usually go to Amazon to investigate. I like Amazon for two reasons (although I think Barnes and Noble is now doing this as well. Old habits die hard). I like the “look inside” option so that I can view the table of contents (if non-fiction) and read an excerpt. This usually gives me an idea if it is a book that I might like to read. While I am on that webpage I also take the time to view “customers who bought this item also bought…” I can spend hours following all these literary links — but alas, I try to limit myself to only an hour (or so).
After I have a list of several potential books, I then log onto my local library’s website. I LOVE checking online to see if the book is available and then placing a hold to pick it up at my nearest branch. I think I currently have 12 books on hold (2 are waiting to be picked up; I am the first in line for 3 of them; and the remaining books have between 4 and 113 people ahead of me!!). I obviously do not have time to read all of these books, but hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Anyway, since my time is limited I will probably skim most of these books. Usually I can quickly tell whether this is a book that I want to have in my own personal library – or whether it is a book that I want to read but do not feel the need to own — or whether it is a book that I do not feel inspired to read at the moment. Those that I want to purchase I begin a savings fund (and you already know where I will shop for them first – so I will not discuss my buying habits again) — and those that I do not feel the need to own I will try to finish reading before the 3 week due date.
I rarely “browse” the library bookshelves. If I browse, I do it online by selecting “nearby items on shelf” or “find more on these topics” I do make the exception, however, when I go inside to return my books. The return slot is directly across from the recently acquired section of books and I always look to see if there is a new title that I just can’t live without. Other than that, I only go into the library to take out or return books.
I typically go to the library’s website once or twice a week to select items for hold. I try to make a trip to the library only once a week to pick up those holds. I try to remember to take any completed books to the library at that time to save a trip (and gas).
So, there you have it. I truly do LOVE my library and I am grateful that the shelves are well stocked and the local branch is only about 10 minutes from my home.