Buying Books Vs. A Library

I have never understood people that only purchase their own books. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the wonderful feeling of holding a brand new, freshly opened book, and one that you own. It’s a wonderful feeling. A feeling of excitement. But to only buy books. What you ask am I getting at?

Libraries. I am talking about the wonderful world of a library. I have used libraries, worked in them, even run one for a brief period of time. Libraries are one of our most valuable resources. I am a weekly fixture at my little public library. I use it to the fullest, continually going to my limit of twenty items. Which I might add, is not enough. I would be much happier if I could have a larger limit, but I digress. What I am getting at is, why do some people never use a library.

Seriously, in hard economic times like we are in, why does a person spend $25 on a hardbound book they might read once, only to never again crack it open? The idea boggles my mind. Why spend $22 on a ticket and popcorn when you could be in the comfort of your own home with a movie borrowed from the library? Or how about this. Everyone is talking about being environmentally friendly. Instead of having a yearly subscription to a magazine you might read one or two articles out of, why not borrow that same volume from the library? It’s common sense.

Think about how many resources you are helping to save by using the library. Less trees are being cut down for paper. Less plastics are being used to make movies, and tapes. less electricity is being used for running computers. There are a host of reasons to use the library. And I am not what you would call a ‘green’ person, but common sense dictates that we all should use a resource like this.

It all goes back to a person I knew. This person lived in a large city with one very large, very nice, very full library. Not to mention all the other little branches that were within this city as well. This person worked 5 blocks from the large, three story library/museum. Yet he never went in. Didn’t have a library card. Didn’t use the branches that were close to his home. Oh, and this person did have plenty of time to go to the library after work. But instead, this person purchases all of his books. He had stacks of them at his home. Books he had purchased years ago and had yet to read. Books he had just gotten that even if he didn’t like them, he kept them instead of donating them to a just cause. The amount of money spent and resources wasted because he never used a library. What a waste. A complete waste. And I have yet to figure the sense in this. And this guy loved to read. I have to this day never figured out why he never got a card. Why he didn’t even go in to just look around.

I stayed with this person for six weeks and I was at those libraries at every chance I got. I would have killed for a library card to one of them. The things in these libraries were amazing.   It still urks me when I think how stubborn this guy was to never use a library and to spend so much money on something he never read.

Something to think about in times like these where we all should be a bit more frugal. Why not cut your book budget and stop off at your local library. Bring home that new best seller. Check out the latest fashion magazine. Type an email to a friend on the public computer. Help keep our libraries open and running by patronizing them. They are a wonderful economic decision.

Signing off.


2 thoughts on “Buying Books Vs. A Library

  1. Yes! I love our library! I don’t get there as much as I would like, because I’d have to bring my 2 year old and my 2 month old, but I sure do love it! I rarely buy a new book until I have read it out of the library. Then, if I love it and will read it again, I consider buying it. I’ve been able to get out children’s books for my son that I would never be able to afford to buy. I love, love, love my library 😊

    • Yay! A library lover! I always get excited about someone who loves the library as much as I do. I’m sure with a 2 year old and a 2 month old, that does get pretty tricky. I think it’s great that you use your library as much as you do. Don’t you just love the smell of a library? And the cozy feeling it has?

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