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House of Free Books 
5th-Aug-2010 08:21 pm
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Some recent discussion has sparked my curiosity...for questions 3 & 4, I specifically mean public libraries, not academic ones; the other questions you can answer however you like.  I know #4 is really specific, and you can expand the definition of "books" if you like; the main idea is whether you're more attracted to the older or the modern style of libraries.  [edit: oops, I forgot to include a "no" option on question 3.  Just skip it if none of those answer apply.]


Poll #1602241 Libraries

Do you currently owe library fines?

No
55(80.9%)
Yes - some
9(13.2%)
Yes - I've hit the limit
3(4.4%)
I don't know/don't have a card
1(1.5%)

What do you usually check out?

Books
64(63.4%)
Magazines
2(2.0%)
Movies
17(16.8%)
CDs
13(12.9%)
Other media
4(4.0%)
Nothing
1(1.0%)

Do you use the internet at the library?

Regularly
3(5.6%)
Infrequently
44(81.5%)
I use the wi-fi
7(13.0%)

Which more closely describes you?

Libraries are for books and should be quiet
51(76.1%)
Libraries should function as community centers
16(23.9%)

Back to fines, you think they:

Are necessary
55(80.9%)
Should be gotten rid of
1(1.5%)
Are okay, but need modification
12(17.6%)
Poll #1602242 Bonus question!

Coffee shops in the library:

Yea
30(50.0%)
Nay
30(50.0%)
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Comments 
6th-Aug-2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Libraries should be a community center -- but people still need to respect the quiet! Be loud in the side rooms, but be quiet in the main library.
6th-Aug-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I work at the library, and that is the only reason I don't owe fines! I have always been a proponent of free books houses, as you put it. This is in fact the most well-known fact of my existence.

It may seem a contrary opinion for a librarian, but I think that the more use we can be of to the community, and the more facets of education and entertainment we are able to provide, the better.
In my small neighborhood branch, we get lots of families and such, and we basically thrive on their participation in storytime, bookclubs, summer reading, support drives, et cetera. It can in fact become quite loud on a weekday morning when the kids come streaming in for our Summer Science series! If we tried to stifle the bustle of activity constantly going on in our county and force the image of the dry, silent rooms full of dusty books and intense persons, we would die quickly.
6th-Aug-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)

The city I grew up in and live for most of my life in NC, the library system no longer fines overdue books. They do on DVDs and audio CDs. The system is set up where if you have overdue books for so many days, you lose your card and can no longer borrow anything from them anymore. I actually like this system better than fining the overdue books. I am not sure how well it works for the library system though and if it is a better or a worse system for them.
6th-Aug-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
i just paid $0.90 in fines today.
7th-Aug-2010 01:27 am (UTC)
A public library cannot be "for books" without being a community center, otherwise it's little more than a mausoleum.
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