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Library Usage?
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:11:06 AM »
In a time when libraries are disappearing left, right and centre I was wondering how many of you use the library for your fantasy fix, and whether or not your local branch is feeling the pinch?

Offline Arthum

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 08:28:31 AM »
I'll admit that I haven't been to the library for a long time. But I just don't think they would have ANY fantasy books here. I know I registered back there but I only had one book from them and it was during my junior high school years. I'd rather buy a fantasy book then borrow it from a library for a short time and just give it back.

Offline Overlord

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 08:58:35 AM »
I'll admit that I haven't been to the library for a long time. But I just don't think they would have ANY fantasy books here. I know I registered back there but I only had one book from them and it was during my junior high school years. I'd rather buy a fantasy book then borrow it from a library for a short time and just give it back.

I signed up a while back but all the books were pretty aged... :( I like classic fantasy but to be honest it was just the fact that the newer books weren't there that kept me away.
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Offline Noona

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 09:26:41 AM »
Our local library service is pretty good at getting new books in, and if your library isn't getting it for a few months then one of the others will and there's a really good system in place for reserving books to come into your local. I tend to use my library for books that I don't really want to buy but want to read or books that I don't know if I will like and don't want to spend money on in case they aren't very good.
I tend to buy my books at full price from bookshops rather than Amazon, as I don't mind spending more in an effort to support having a bookshop on the high street, and so for books that I don't want to spend £7.99 or whatever on I use the library. I find their fantasy/SF range to be generally pretty good and they've got at least one of almost everything accross the whole region, and it's easy to reserve to your branch.

That said, I do infinitely prefer to buy books as I like having them, and I don't have a local local library as such, I just have several within 30 minutes drive as I do bookshops, so I don't borrow the majority of my books from the library - although it's unusual since I've been able to drive for me not to have at least one book out at any one time.

Offline frankiehunter

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 09:35:24 AM »
I used the school library and the local library when I was younger, and didn't have the money to buy the books I wanted to read
But these libraries weren't really good sorted and I found out that I want to have the books I read on my bookshelf at home, in case I want to re-read them.
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Offline Blodeuedd

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 09:52:02 AM »
I used it all the time when younger, but then I started reading in English, and I quickly read what could be found. On top of that I am a minority in my country so we did not have as many books on my language. Even less fantasy for me.

These days, well I found Peter V Brett at the library, but they do not get many new fantasy books, but now and then
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Offline AlexEatsBooks

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011, 10:42:40 AM »
I used to use libraries all the time. I'd sit there all day and just read book after book.
But then I got a job in a book shop and since then I get discounts and free books etc. My love has changed somewhat. I like to OWN my books. Nice, new and smelling new and no folded pages or stamps all through them....

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Offline frankiehunter

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 10:49:31 AM »
@AlexEatsBooks I totally know what you mean - I really hate when people write something in a book that they don't own. Same thing with school books - when students cut out pictures for their project  >:(
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Offline redhead

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 12:05:35 PM »
i love libraries, and I'm very lucky that there are a handful close to my house, to the point where I can, and do, hit more than one in a day.  I can request the library purchahse a new book I'm interested in, or do interlibrary loan for something they don't have.   My local libraries are definitely suffering, it seems every year their hours are less.  But collections  wise, they seem to be doing OK.

Offline AlexEatsBooks

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2011, 01:00:38 PM »
@AlexEatsBooks I totally know what you mean - I really hate when people write something in a book that they don't own. Same thing with school books - when students cut out pictures for their project  >:(

*gasps* Writing in books! Sin of all sins for me :S Also highlighters *cringe*
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Offline Overlord

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2011, 01:14:35 PM »
I used to use libraries all the time. I'd sit there all day and just read book after book.
But then I got a job in a book shop and since then I get discounts and free books etc. My love has changed somewhat. I like to OWN my books. Nice, new and smelling new and no folded pages or stamps all through them....

...

I've turned into a complete book-snob! 0_o

You know by 2020 they are banning the production of books in an effort to reduce the cutting down of trees - and that they will be maintaining a law in both USA and Europe that books have to be put into digital format only right?

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Offline AlexEatsBooks

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2011, 01:27:54 PM »


You know by 2020 they are banning the production of books in an effort to reduce the cutting down of trees - and that they will be maintaining a law in both USA and Europe that books have to be put into digital format only right?

Spoiler for Hiden:
oh no... wait... that was a lie!  ;P

:O Never!!! *laughs*
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Offline ChristinaJL

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2011, 04:29:23 PM »
I used libraries extensively whilst at school and university.  However, since then I've bought most of my books.  I do use our local library maybe once a fortnight as I take the kids and let them choose a couple of books to take home and read.  They have a fantasy section and I have to say, it seems quite up-to-date, as I saw Brent Weeks, Peter V. Brett and Blake Charlton in there.  

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Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2011, 04:42:34 PM »
I love the library, but since I've had kids I don't get a lot of time to read anymore.  Once they are old enough to get library cards we will be going once a week!  My husband would live at the library if that were allowed. :)

Offline Tiffany Kysis Tackett

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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2011, 05:24:26 PM »
I love libraries.  The libraries here, however, are feeling a serious pinch.  All the workers I know have a masters degree (which is a requirement of employment in them! O_O), but are only on part time, because the libraries here can't afford to keep more than one or two people on full time.  Plus the library hours keep getting cut, so they are open less and less.

The library up on the side of town I stay in the summer and winter breaks is small, but has a huge section of local authors and all their latest works, a lot of which is sci-fi and fantasy.  Normally I use that library for research on symbols and cultural structures, more than novel reading.  Plus I like the fact that there are lots of tables with outlets, which I can just sit and write at.

The main library downtown is huge, with a cafe, two bookstores, and four floors of books (I think it's four floors...).  There are study rooms, an auditorium, and massive sections of genre books.  They always have authors in for readings and book signings, as well as random other events, like the Harry Potter Wizardrock concert this past summer.

I really love the libraries here and wish they had more funding.  Alas, the new governor is talking about cutting education and library budgets this year. x_x