On Friday I called into my local library in Grangemouth. Over Christmas I had bought Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion, the omnibus edition of a fantasy trilogy. I really liked it and, seeing she had written quite a number of other books I looked her up on the library website, ordered a couple, got email confirmation that they were in, then went along and picked them up. I read one of them on Friday night!
Not only would buying theses books have been expensive but I honestly don’t have room to store all the books I would like to read. Libraries are also great places to browse – both for fiction and non fiction. Unlike in a bookshop where I have to be pretty sure I will like a book to buy it in the library if I am unsure I will borrow it anyway – no harm done if it is not my cup of tea. If I am researching new a wargames project the library is always a great resource – what they don’t have they can usually get.
Despite all I have said above I don’t visit as often as I would like. In the
the library service is funded by local councils whose budgets are under a lot of pressure at the moment, so they need to justify their existence or they will disappear. I have decided to make a concerted attempt to borrow more books and have set myself the target of reading 52 library books this year. UK
One final benefit arising from my library visit on Friday – I picked up the Osprey Vanguard title Armour of the Vietnam Wars from their for sale section for 30p. I never could resist a bargain.