“They can be checked out after Friday, July 6″

Jenny discovers she can’t check out “exhibit books” at Downers Grove Public Library.

Today is Friday, June 29, and I as a taxpaying resident with a valid library card cannot check out any of the books in this bookcase for an entire week. It’s insane. Do you know of *any* other institution that spends taxpayer money on new things, proudly displays them, and then keeps them from residents for a week or longer?

I wonder if I request the title I tried to check out today via interlibrary loan if I could it get before the library will allow me to check out the copy they own? Or maybe I should just go to a neighboring library that wants to give me titles that are sitting on their shelves.

And we wonder why folks just buy stuff from Amazon or browse the shelves at Borders….

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4 thoughts on ““They can be checked out after Friday, July 6″”

  1. Stupid, indeed. In a time when we are all “worrying” about the competition (i.e., Amazon and Google), why would anyone think this is a good idea?

  2. Color me confused. I thought the idea of a display was to get books and materials to circulate immediately… this leaves me seriously puzzled.

  3. At our library, we encourage people to check out books from our exhibit and we often have a list of substitutes we can grab from the shelves to replace the displayed item.

  4. At our library we have two kinds of displays — a themed display, which people can borrow from, and the new books display, which people can’t borrow from for a week. The idea of this is to give all borrowers (not just the early birds) a chance to see what’s there and request it. OTOH, since we’ve also got lists of new titles on our website, maybe this isn’t necessary these days. I might raise the question in our next team meeting and see what issues I haven’t thought of other people come up with…

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