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January 15, 2010 / Christian M.

Use Them or Lose Them

I spent most of yesterday weeding and shifting books in the workplace, college bound, and science project areas….and removing layers of dust on those shelves (obviously dusting has not been a priority here….).  I removed items that were purchased prior to 2007 that had never been checked out, or hadn’t been checked out in three years or more.

We only keep items that are of current interest to our customers. Still, it felt a bit weird to load up two carts of books to be deleted from the system.  From my observation, most customers are not coming to the library to check out books. At my branch, most people come in to use the computer or the wireless connection, sometimes to study, or in the case of most of the youth, to just hang out. The larger branches have more people coming in for books though.

Of course this library system will continue to purchase new items for each branch, but because of recent budget cuts, they do not purchase as many items, and not as many copies.

So my message to the public — If you want books to stay available, check them out. You can also suggest items that you would like to see added to the collection.  But no matter how good the book is, please return it — stealing is not cool (but that’s another post  for  another day).

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