June 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Interests, Society | Leave a comment
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Used or abused?

Poorly run public libraries aren’t much fun.

The air is cloying and the books have been handled by a hundred dirty hands. People talk loudly and even answer mobile phones. Children run amok.

The search system is baffling, the numbers are too long to remember and it’s hard to work out where things are on the shelves.

Sometimes the system says something’s there and you look and look – only to be told that it’s ‘lost’.

Some libraries, however, have a wonderful section where just-bought books are put on display.

Here, you can scan all the covers at once to see if there’s something interesting. If there is, you can be FIRST to borrow it.

An expensive, pristine tome for you to take home and enjoy.

It’s almost worth the trip!



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