Monday, December 7, 2009

Musing Mondays (16)

Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page...

For the regular library patrons among us: do you have your own idea of what constitutes proper library etiquette? Is there anything you always try to do? Anything you hate when others do?

A lack of library etiquette (and that includes how you treat the books you borrow) is one of the reasons why I don't use the library. When I go to the library, I don't want to hear your children screaming and running around (while you ignore them). I don't want to hear your cell phone ringing, and then you answering (loudly), "I'm in the library!" I don't want to smell your continual farts or your pungent body odour. (And yes, I am speaking from experience here. Unfortunately.)

When I'm in a library, I try to be quiet. When I borrow books, I try to treat them as I'd treat my own books (i.e., very carefully and respectfully). I don't dog-ear pages or tear instructions out of books because I'm too lazy to use a photocopier. But I won't inform the librarians of any damage, either (since the last time someone in our family did that, they got blamed for it).

Just because a library is free doesn't mean that it's a respect-free zone. If more people realized that, I might actually use the library.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I hate reading a magazine with a page ripped out. I hate unruly unsupervised children hanging around until a parent picks them up. I try to be considerate too with borrowed books.