17 September 2012

I have a problem with hoarding books. Library books. Surely a librarian could offer a speculative epidemiology of this condition?

I need to make an outline to end the book hoarding. This will not happen tomorrow. Perhaps if I call it an index I will have more luck with my outlining.

6 comments:

lostgander said...

I don't know. Are they overdue? If not, I don't see it as a problem. I don't think you're alone in this condition. I used to hoard library books, too, but I didn't have to abide by silly arbitrary rules like due dates. If they start getting overdue, that's when the hoarding can get expensive.

wrenna said...

They are not overdue. I just renew and renew and renew. For years at a time.

I am relieved someone else doesn't see it as a problem, I have gotten some serious heat. My dad has the most sensitive nose in the house and he says that they smell. I say no.

lostgander said...

You have endless renewals? Canada must be a magical place. Here there is always a limit on renewals. Academics libraries typically allow for longer borrowing periods because of research (although faculty of course don't have limits). Public libraries are horrifically limiting. I think we get 5 weeks max here, which is often not long enough. That's why I go through periods where I don't even use the library. It's too frustrating.

wrenna said...

The second largest university library in Canada has its perks. We also get free interlibrary loans and free transfers of books from other branches. The public library has three week loan periods and you can renew twice.

awildslimalien said...

I suspect this is just one facet of a classic case of bibliomania. But if you're going to have any disease, it's easily the best one to have.

wrenna said...

Yes, perhaps, although the great mass of these books are associated with a project, so not quite useless or held on to because they are books as such.