Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ye Olde and Ye New Public Library

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If you borrow a book from the public library on your e-reader you'll quickly find out that the library lendeth and on the due date the library taketh away.

"A Clockwork Universe" was 'takethed' away from me yesterday.

One minute I finished the book, (luckily), and was reading the acknowledgements, the next minute it was gone.

Just like that.



There's none of the old, "Oh I think I'll keep the book a few extra days and pay a nickel fine" stuff anymore.

So I didn't get to do my blog on Galileo's Awesome Infinity Theory.

The new Public Library is very efficient.

And so impolite it feels totally  not Canadian.

I think there should have been a pleasant little warning. 

 Something like:

Dear  Patron,
Please read faster and take whatever notes you need because we are taking out book back in 10 minutes. Thank-you.

Sincerely yours,
The Public Library

I've worked in many libraries.  I think my favourite was the old Whitehorse, Yukon Library with its library cat curled up in one of the comfy chairs that sat around the roaring fireplace in the middle of the room.


I'm all for progress, but progress can sometimes leave you cold.

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Jane said...

How very interesting. Part of the appeal of getting a Kindle this past Christmas was the ability to 'lend' books through the public library (haven't done it yet, but I certainly plan to). I was wondering what kind of system they had. I don't understand why they need to 'taketh away' in the first place...! perhaps a year later if there must be a date - but you don't actually 'have' the book and you're not hampering other people's enjoyment of it - can't they could lend it out ad infinitum...? They could at least give you a week's warning. How long until you can borrow it again?
Yes, it all sounds most unCanadian!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahahaha, send a link to this post to your public library. Your idea is great! And with technology, why couldn't it be done?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I haven't jumped on the e-reader bandwagon yet. I considered it (for a few minutes) over the holidays and then *pffft* the feeling was gone. I'm still too attached to books to get 'electronic-y'. I laughed at the part where you say it's so not Canadian. It's true. I'd expect better than that from a society that is always so polite. A courteous reminder would be a nice gesture. And so easy to implement.

CorvusCorax12 said...

found you through YELLOWDOG GRANNY, love your blog :)
Been Eyeballing e-readers for a while now, still haven't jumped on the bandwagon, but i think i have too after dragging a 1000+ page hardcover book to Germany with me last summer just because i HAD to read it. TG the nice lady at the counter didn't add the weight to my carry-on or i would have been screwed lol