I’ve always been a reader and I used to visit the library a lot when I was younger. My parents are teachers and I spent a lot of afterschool time in the school library waiting for them to finish up so we could go home. When I got a little older, I was able to walk from school to the public library. I grew up in a rural area so the library wasn’t large, but it was big enough for my needs at the time.
I haven’t had a library card in a long time though. I’ve been thinking about getting one, but because I need a nonresident card (which costs money) I kept putting it off. I did some research into libraries in the area and I found that costs for nonresident card vary widely. The library closest to me charges $110 a year! I spend more than than on books in a year, but not all at once. Others are $91 and $63.
Yesterday I decided to finally go get my library card. I went to the $63 library, which I think is also the largest library in the area. It was smaller inside than it looks from the outside, but the good thing is that I can use my card at most libraries in the area — including the one that charges $110.
I only checked out two books because I have quite a few ARCs to read for February, but I’m planning on looking at their ebook and downloadable audiobook selections later. Since I had to pay for the card, I feel an obligation to get my money’s worth. I’ll be keeping track of how many books I check out and at the end of the year, I’ll be able to figure out how much each book cost me to borrow.
Do you have a library card? Do you use it a lot or do you rarely go to the library?