Jan 31, 2013

Booking Through Thursday: On Lending Books

Do you lend your books? Are any out on loan right now? Do you have any that have been loaned to you? Do you put a time limit on these? Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly?
We have such a good library system here that I rarely need to lend out my books. I give away some of my books to friends and relatives, but have never been asked for a book loan. Nor have I asked anyone to lend me a book.

I went to a popular branch library yesterday and saw an interesting sign above two large wooden boxes full of donated books. The sign read: NO DONATIONS (until further notice). That gives you a good idea about readers in my city. The library doesn't have the staff to process the book donations quickly enough. They hope future donations will go to another less read branch.

There are also regular book sales at a special library center close by, with very good prices. Some of the books have been read only once.

I plan to take bundles of guitar magazines my sons no longer want to the sale center. To make way for my books, of course.

What about you? Do you loan to friends or borrow books from friends?

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Brian Joseph said...

Great question!

I am currently in a mental twilight zone concerning the idea of book ownership with the emergence of ebooks and do not really have a clear picture in my mind about what owning a book means to me or how much I value the old fashioned kind of paper book.

As for loaning the old style book out, I often do. Unless it is a kind of reference book that I often refer to.

I tend not to borrow books from friends as I am very fussy about what books I want to read in what order usually not "ready" to read a book when someone offers to lend it.

anthonynorth said...

No donations? Oh dear.

Gigi Ann said...

I do loan out books that I have already read. However, I draw the line with books I haven't read yet. I very seldom borrow books from the library anymore, because I read for fun and entertainment, and a time limit is stressful to me.

Anonymous said...

No donations? wow!

Thanks for stopping by my BTT. I wish every area was like yours for a quality library.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Not a big lender either...and lately I've been taking out more books from the library.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

Our Library is very good about donations.


Yvonne said...

I don't lend books, but since I got my e-readers, I've been donating my books to the library and other places.

Hazel said...

I wish our library was like yours - traditional books, donations and all that. Ours has gone all digital I could hardly see a 'physical' book.

(Sorry my internet was acting up)

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