Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Not in stock

I love libraries and I use them as often as I can; if we don't use them, we lose them and that would be a tragedy for the world.

But sometimes, they do have the power to surprise me. The other day, I was checking on the availability of books I was wanting to read and found to my surprise that they didn't have Beau Geste.

I'm sorry, sir, we've not got that one.
 This startled me; not even in their stack of old books that don't get to see the light of day very often was it to be found. I may find a one-penny second hand copy on Amazon, buy it, read it and then donate it.

Has there been a time that you've wanted a book, assumed that it would be in the library and then found that it wasn't?  And what did you do about it?


  1. Hi thanks for stopping by my blog, it is always nice to meet a fellow writer. Unfortunately I don't get to visit our local library all that often because the hours of opening don't fit in around my day job etc. I think it is sad so many are closing or reducing hours of opening.

  2. Fortunately, our library is open till 8pm on a Tuesday and Thursday. I'm out of work but when I was working, it meant it was possible for me to pop in. I completely agree with you about the threat to libraries; in our local authority, there have been no closures but I know this is not the case country-wide and it's something that needs to be resisted if at all possible.

  3. Speaking as a former librarian, there are millions of good books, and only limited shelf space for them in a building. That's what makes e-books so exciting. Unlimited space! Good luck on donating the old book to the library, and don't be surprised if they don't add it to the collection. If a new copy is available, that might cause them to reconsider.