Today’s Musing Mondays is a library meme! What fun!
Library Habits meme:
1) If you don’t frequent your local library, why not? Totally not applicable.
2) If you do visit the library, how often do you go? I go at least once a week, sometimes more if my holds come in at weird times. I also visit my university library twice a week since my LIS classes are there. 🙂
3) Do you have a favorite section that you always head to first, or do you just randomly peruse the shelves? I always hit up the new general fiction section and then the new mystery and new sci-fi/fantasy, because they’re all right in the same area. And then I go rescue Scott out of the A/V department, but usually we end up picking out a movie or two before I can drag him away! When I can’t find a handful of books downstairs, I head up to the fiction stacks and wander around hoping a cover will strike my fancy, or I’ll track down a librarian and ask what books s/he recommends.
4) How many books are you allowed to check out at one time? Do you take advantage of this? I can check out either 50 items or $1000 worth of items, whichever I rack up first. I can’t say that I’ve ever checked out so much! The most I’ve checked out in recent memory is somewhere around 15 books and movies. It helps that I stagger my check-outs, I think, but it hurts that I renew things all the time.
5) How long are you allowed to have the books checked out? Most books are three weeks; the official “new books” that you can’t put a hold on or renew are two weeks. DVDs and such are one week.
6) How many times are you allowed to renew your check-outs, if at all? This is what I love about my library! I can renew my books (as long as there aren’t holds on them and they’re not “new books”) up to five times, which means that I don’t usually have to worry about reading books immediately. Of course, this means that I have, at times, kept library books for nearly four months before returning them, and once I even returned such a book unread! Oh, the horror.
7) What do you love best about your particular library? I really like that the holds and the checkout system are self-serve; I can walk into the library, grab my books off the shelf, scan my books, and be out in five minutes… if I want to be, which isn’t often.
8) What is one thing you wish your library did differently? Hmm. I guess I wish there were more reading groups for adults; the ones they have, if they’re my cup of tea, meet when I’m not available and that makes me sad. I really like talking about books with people. (I know, shocking!)
9) Do you request your books via an online catalogue, or through the librarian at your branch? I do all my requesting online, because I tend to find the books I want to request online and it’s just all convenient and stuff.
10) Have you ever chosen a book on impulse (from the online catalogue OR the shelves) and had it turn out to be totally amazing? If so, what book was it, and why did you love it? Oh, look, an impulse picks tag! There aren’t many, since you all do such a good job of giving me books to read, but there are a few. The one I really really really liked is called The Palace of Illusions and it was just a great little book that spoils its own ending from the start and yet somehow had me still reading to the end. But I won’t recommend it, so it can be your impulse pick, too!