Library time!

  • solidsneek 5 Apr 2018 18:42:21 763 posts
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    Hey guys, I want to start reading more often if I can and was wondering how many of you guys are members of the Library. Not been a member myself since school and currently studying with the open uni and they all recommend it not just for study but renting books.
  • ZuluHero 5 Apr 2018 18:55:07 8,925 posts
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    I'm a member of my local library, its a great resource. It's surprising how current their books are too and if you're looking for something particular they usually help you find it or order it in.

    Signing up is easy - just a couple of forms of ID, like driving licence or passport. Takes all of about 10 mins. Make sure you get books back on time though (or renew them - which you can do online these days) otherwise there is usually a daily fine which adds to a max amount, i think mine caps out at £7 or something like that - i've never returned books late so don't know! :p
  • solidsneek 5 Apr 2018 19:05:09 763 posts
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    Iím thinking about giving it a go again for sure. Donít want to really keep paying for books over and over again unless they are brand new.
  • neilka 5 Apr 2018 19:10:18 23,404 posts
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    Looks like we got ourselves a book renter

    Edited by neilka at 19:25:48 05-04-2018
  • Deleted user 5 April 2018 19:17:29
    I love going to bed for a lovely buck.
  • JamboWayOh 5 Apr 2018 19:20:23 19,980 posts
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    I last borrowed a book when I was 15 and never gave it back, I wonder if I'm still being charged?
  • Deleted user 5 April 2018 19:22:07
    My library is crazy, they've watched me grab armfuls of books and walking straight out with them and they've never said a thing!
  • Deleted user 5 April 2018 19:23:17
    JamboWayOh wrote:
    I last borrowed a book when I was 15 and never gave it back, I wonder if I'm still being charged?
    You now owe them £24000.
  • Deleted user 5 April 2018 19:25:19
    I'm a member. I started using it more when government funding cuts started putting them at risk. I probably haven't been for about a year though. I like flicking through a novel or some random text book. It's like a free buffet but with words instead of sandwiches.
  • Deleted user 5 April 2018 19:27:12
    I was actually surprised to discover my local library is still open. I thought it had closed years ago. I don't venture to that part of town that often so had no idea. Still with mainly using a kindle I probably don't have much use for it.
  • ZuluHero 5 Apr 2018 20:23:39 8,925 posts
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    Member when places used to let you take books home without buying them? I member... :)
  • minky-kong 5 Apr 2018 20:27:06 14,594 posts
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    I have a recurring nightmare that I discover an old library book in a drawer that was borrowed years ago, and I now have a massive fine to pay. Horrifyingly mundane.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 5 Apr 2018 20:43:32 13,958 posts
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    I'm a member of four and worked in five.

    One authority had a library collections guy who would get a list of long overdues and go to houses to retrieve them. He wasn't quite the Seinfeld gumshoe you might imagine.
  • Fake_Blood 5 Apr 2018 21:45:04 10,442 posts
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    Must be fun meeting a bunch of embarrassed people all day. Then the occasional aggressive parent to mix things up.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 5 Apr 2018 21:50:23 13,958 posts
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    He got barked at by a lot of staffies
  • solidsneek 5 Apr 2018 21:56:27 763 posts
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    I didn't know such a job existed!
  • frightlever 5 Apr 2018 22:04:25 1,492 posts
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    simpleexplodingmaybe wrote:
    He wasn't quite the Seinfeld gumshoe you might imagine.
    I remember that whole arc. Was pretty good. Great show in fact. References cropped up seasons later.
  • Mola_Ram 6 Apr 2018 05:26:31 23,974 posts
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    Speaking as objectively as possible (I'm a librarian)... yes, you should join your local library. Particularly in the UK, where heaps of libraries are closing, at least partly because not enough people use them. You can go and borrow as much as you like.

    They will probably have e-books too, so you're not limited to reading things printed on dead trees. And movies, TV shows, games, etc. Go have a look.
  • THFourteen 6 Apr 2018 08:40:11 53,819 posts
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    We are members of our local library, but mainly for my son who is 3.5 and loves books. We read him 4 stories every night before bed.

    It's a great way to kill a couple of hours on a saturday as one of us can take him in there and he'll spend ages looking at all the different books, doing some colouring and stuff. They also have story and singing times during the week which my mrs took him to when she was on mat leave.

    My dad used to take me to the library once a week when i was a kid, and similarly i used to LOVE books in those days. I was the equivalent of someone who walks around the street with their face in their phone, except i always had my face in a book.

    Nothing intellectual mind you, famous five, hardy boys, three investigators, secret seven that sort of thing.

    Sadly now i still read a little, but its all e-books.
  • rice_sandwich 6 Apr 2018 08:46:11 6,452 posts
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    I like the idea of libraries but I never go as it's far from my house and closes too early most of the time. I checked once and they didn't have 80% of the books that I'd read in the past year. Still a good thing and long may they continue.
  • thelzdking 11 Feb 2019 11:19:25 10,107 posts
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    Can you recommend me a book to read user Damahirge? Either phone-based or hand-held.
  • Mola_Ram 11 Feb 2019 11:29:29 23,974 posts
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    Phone books are the best kind.
  • neilka 1 Jun 2020 01:57:14 23,404 posts
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    Wrong Adam, reading is for nerds.
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