5 reasons to use your library (and 5 reasons not to!)

5 Reasons to use your Library

I set myself a little book reading challenge this year and I’ve exceeded my own expectations!  We’re now in November and I’m set to read 2 more books before the year’s out, making me 3 over my goal!  I’m really pleased with this because in simple terms, it means that I’ve rekindled an old habit and hobby of reading actual books.

My ‘want to read’ virtual pile

When I come across one that lures me in online, when I’ve seen one recommended by someone else online or in real-life, or if there’s one to read for one of the book clubs I take part in, I pop it in my GoodReads ‘want to read’ virtual pile and then I add it to Amazon to my ‘save for later’ pile.  You could say I’m getting a little obsessed with reading again and that the reading bug has bitten.  Which is great!

5 Reasons to use your Library

A library lesson learned

One of those ‘on a whim’ reads that lured me in was ‘Perfect Death’ by Helen Fields.  Now, I borrowed this one from our local library and got a bit lazy about renewing it.  So lazy that I found it had been reserved when I went to renew.  Not one to go and buy a book when I’m trying to stick to borrowing, I duly returned it and re-reserved it!  But there are (or were) 4 people in the queue, potentially a 12 week waiting list because you can renew them 3 times, for 3 weeks at a time.  You might think I’m a little crazy and why on earth don’t I just buy it?  Well possibly because I’m a little stubborn and annoyed with myself and also because I’ve got lots of other books on my list to read.  Did I log on to my library account or pop down there in person?  Well no actually…  and this situation got me to thinking about the pros and cons of borrowing from a library:

The books are free! (unless you get a fine!)

You get the feel-good factor of doing something for the community by helping to keep your local library running.  It’s the whole library experience.

The author/publisher still gets their royalties.

The anticipation of your reserved book being ready for collection.

You’re under more pressure to read regularly to avoid the pitfalls I’ve outlined above of having to return your book!

…and 5 reasons not to use your library…

You have to read in a given time-frame which might not always suit because sometimes life just gets in the way.

If it’s reserved, you can’t renew your book (looks shiftily at her feet).

It’s not your book to keep and put on your ‘read’ shelf or to lend to a friend or get the feel-good of giving to a charity shop.

You don’t get the just bought from the bookshop/just delivered to your door fuzziness.

Your reading habit could become a semi-expensive habit!


So there are pros and cons but do the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa?

What do you think?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below…  thanks 🙂 

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13 comments to “5 reasons to use your library (and 5 reasons not to!)”
  1. I’ve been reading the same book for ages…I just either fall asleep or don’t have time. I love our local library though and do try to take the kids. Lucas has started going to library at school too #KCACOLS

  2. I can’t really find the time to read books properly at the moment… but the husband does sometimes (somehow?!), and he’s started to use the library. However, if a book he’d like is available on ebay (or Amazon, or other online 2nd hand shop) for less than about a fiver including postage, he’s more likely to buy it.
    Good to hear that you’ve got your book reading habit back! X #KCACOLS

  3. I read perfect death a couple of months ago, it’s worth the wait, I am now scouring my local libraries for the 2 books that come before it, no luck yet. I love the library, so many great authors and books I would not have read without it.

  4. We only have a small local library but our kids love it, especially during school holidays. They’re all voracious readers so being able to regularly borrow new books has become a good habit for them – and a source of anticipation and excitement too. #KCACOLS

  5. I have to say I can’t actually remember the last time I went to the library. I think it must have been when I was on mat leave with my youngest!

    We tend to buy the books we need and then donate them to the school when they’re no longer needed. #KCACOLS

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