Have you been to the library lately? | Fun Questions

April 5, 2014 Fun Questions 19

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Have you been to the library lately?

When Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog started doing her snagged at the library posts it got me thinking – when was the last time I went to the library? I mean, for school I’m at the library all the time, but to get books for my fun reading? And it had been way too long.

The thing is, I got really into this instant gratification of eBooks from Amazon/Barnes & Noble and audio books from Audible. I could just download and immediately start reading. I stopped even checking if I could get a book at the library. But this year I started a book budget and it became immediately clear to me that I was spending way too much money on books – and then I wasn’t even reading a good number of them right away. Which begged the question – why do I need to get them immediately if I’m not even going to read them immediately? I don’t. I’d just gotten lazy about it.

So now, every time I want to read a book I check and see if it’s available at the library. And I have access to A LOT of libraries in my area. So far I’ve only grabbed two library cards – each giving me access to like 5 different libraries. And now that I’m keeping a reading calendar (something new I started this year and is really saving me!), it’s easy to know what books I want and request them ahead of time. I haven’t read many from the library yet, but I have several on my calendar in the upcoming months that will be from the library.

Another benefit – besides saving money – is running into other bookworms. When I was getting my library card at one of the libraries a couple weeks ago I ended up having a 15 minute fan-girl conversation with one of the librarians about a series. You don’t get that shopping on Amazon. I do have to learn to break my habits though. Today I was grocery shopping and saw Divergent on sale in the book aisle. It took a lot for me to not grab it, since I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. In fact, an older lady standing in the aisle told me to get it at the library – that that’s what she does, and I laughed at myself. Old habits are apparently going to die hard. And it’s not even that old of a habit! Before I started blogging I got 90% of my books from the library… I still haven’t figured out what about blogging made me change that habit, but I’m hoping to change it back!

Have you been to the library lately? Has blogging affected your book acquiring habits?

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19 Responses to “Have you been to the library lately? | Fun Questions”

  1. Rachael Turns Pages

    I still get a lot of books that I read from the library, but I do buy more books now also. The town I go to college in doesn’t have the best library so I still make use of my home library since my college is only an hour away. The only way it really works is through my sister picking up my library books and I realize I won’t have that option forever. I won’t be in school much longer either. It is easier for sure to buy books. With sites like the Book Outlet that make booking buying so cheap it is hard to resist. 2015 is going to be my year to reduce the number of books that are sitting on my shelve unread.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      That totally counts! I go to the library quite frequently now – I’m so proud of myself for making it my habit to check the library first now 🙂 It’s an easy habit to get out of!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      LOL I was in the same boat but now I have library cards for 4 different libraries and use them regularly. Wait till you see my pinching pennies for this month – I didn’t spend any money thanks to the library and some solid self-control!
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  2. Bea
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    The state I live in has a GREAT library system and I am so spoiled. The majority of books on my wishlist come from the library and I have found so many authors and series at the library over the years. Before I had internet at home, the library was my second home. I checked out books and used their free internet. I was there at least five days a week. These days, I’m there weekly. Libraries are fantastic and should receive more support.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I agree – they really deserve more support. I wish they carried indie authors more often, but I get that they only have so much of a budget and even if the books were given to them for free they need the shelf/data space and staff to handle them. So they can’t carry it all. We need an indie library system too, that would be cool.
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  3. Angie F.

    I was at the library on Thursday. LoL

    I use to be there at least once every 10ish days, but I’m trying to read the books that I own, since I’m running out of space. And then I take those books to the library! Actually on Thursday, I saw a couple of the books I recently donated on display in the sales section!

    I always check if a book is available at my library first. I’m not going to pay for something that I can take a 12 minute stroll and pick up for free. Although, sometimes if it’s $0.99, I’ll grab it, since like you said, instant gratification! But I am a huge fan of the library and the librarians all know me! 😀
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      That used to be me and I’m slowly becoming that person again. I do own so many books though, so I’m trying to work my way through them first. Once I make a solid dent in my owned books I’ll probably spend more time in the library (because somehow I believe I’ll manage to read like 400 books sometime soon lol)
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I have yet to ask my libraries (I go to several) to buy a book but I know it’s a great option. I’m also really trying to work through the hundreds of books I own right now, so I’m only grabbing a book or two a month from the library – typically my book club reads right now.
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  4. A Voracious Reader

    I go to the library every week. I either have something to pick up (for myself or someone in the family) or something to take back. The librarians know me by name and I don’t even need to hand them my card before they’re pulling my Holds off the shelf. I’m talking about the Greensboro Library. When I go to the next county over they don’t know me near as well. I used to come home with a beach bag (my current library bag) full of books in addition to getting books in the mail from Booksfree (an online book borrowing company that is not free, but had books I couldn’t get at the library *cough*erotica*cough*). When I joined Goodreads my books from both the library and Booksfree skyrocketed. LOL However, I blame my blog for my exteme decrease in books from the library and I blame my husband’s new schedule (and subsequent loss of OT income causing me to savagely cut corners everywhere in the budget) in dropping Booksfree.

    I do still go to the library, but I just don’t have time to read a huge stack from there anymore. I miss that and I still miss Booksfree.

    @Jonetta ~ I used the NC digital library when I was in college, but I haven’t since. I really need to get back to it. Plus, I now have a Fire, but I can’t seem to get Overdrive to work on it. I think I’ll just have to take it to the library and have someone help me.
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    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Oh, they’ve made so many improvements to the OverDrive site and system. I think you’d really enjoy it. And, the transfer to your Kindle is now a lot easier. Try it again on your own and see if it works.

      • Berls
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        I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

        I’ve tried since posting and yes- you’re right, it has gotten so much easier! Makes me that much more likely to grab a book from the library this way!
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      LOL You’re too funny with the erotica 😉 I guess you’re right though, libraries don’t carry it as well as they do other genres (at least the ones I’ve wanted to grab aren’t there). It’s funny how blogging changes the way we get our books. I’m somewhere in the middle now – I go to the library, but still not near as often as I used to.
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  5. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I discovered my state’s (NC) digital library three years ago and get about 50% of my books from that resource. On occasion, I had to go to the physical location when a digital version of a book wasn’t available but haven’t had to do that in about two years since the online library inventory is so robust. Also, they automated the recommendation system and 90% of mine have resulted in library purchases.

    I don’t know what I would do without my digital library. It’s rare for me to have to buy many books anymore.

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      My libraries don’t have quite as good of a digital library as yours does I think, but they have good holdings in general. I do a combination of digital downloads and driving in to pick things up, which is fine by me 🙂
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  6. Nyx @ Unraveling Words

    No, I have not and it’s not because I just haven’t gone like you. There are just no libraries here. Not ones that have fun books anyway. They are all stocked for research and you only go there to ask for a specific book you have in mind, they give it you and you are out. It’s depressing having no good libraries here 🙁
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Oh man that’s too bad 🙁 Makes me feel even worse for not having taken advantage of the good thing I’ve got for so long! I do use my library much better now than I was at the time of this post, so I’m proud of myself for that 🙂
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