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Library users, borrow more books, keep ’em longer

By johnboy 3 August 2009 26

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that the library service is going to let you have more stuff and for longer.

    “Library users are now able to borrow an unlimited number of books, CDs and DVDs for up four weeks and renew items – not requested by another user – up to three times,” Mr Stanhope said. “Previously 30 items could be borrowed for three weeks and renewed only once.

    “The new rules aim to encourage library users to borrow more items more often.”

    Mr Stanhope said restrictions would apply to items in high demand.

    “Popular items will be restricted to a two week load period to ensure everyone has an opportunity to borrow these titles.”

Apparently the DVD of “Wall E” and Christos Tsiolkas book, “The Slap”, are popular items at the moment.

Does anyone really need to borrow 30 books at a time? Really? Bearing in mind that serious research does not get done in the ACT’s public libraries.

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RayP 12:42 pm 27 Sep 09

As a warning, borrowers will need to keep careful track of when their books are due for renewal by keeping track of the dates on the bits of paper or regularly checking their borrowing record on the web.

The ACT Library Service usually sends out warning email notices when books are coming due for renewal, but you cannot rely on that. On a random basis, they don’t send out a warning email.

The books then go overdue, and start accumulating fines, without an email notification. The Library doesn’t send a notice that the books are overdue until two weeks later. In the meantime you can accumulate a reasonable fine.

You could get an impressive fine on an unlimited number of books two weeks overdue.

SheepGroper 7:45 pm 26 Sep 09

smilesr said :

Not sure about unlimited borrowed items??! Does that mean someone can officially borrow the whole library?

There is a limit, you can only have 99 items on your card at any time. I’ve hit the limit a few times now, but the library staff still think you’re able to borrow “the entire library”.

Peewee Slasher 3:20 pm 04 Aug 09

I will open for business tomorrow as a private library service.
(“oops, better not give the ACT government any ideas”). In fact, they’d probably jump at any idea.

smilesr 2:54 pm 04 Aug 09

Actually Feathergirl I wasn’t complaining. I didn’t mind at all; as you said, I did read other books while waiting. That’s the great thing about a library system isn’t it?! I just thought it was an amusingly high number.

Feathergirl 2:33 pm 04 Aug 09

To all the people complaining about waiting lists: do you not read other books while waiting for the one you have reserved? I look forward to my favourite author bringing out a new book as much as the next reptoid, but if I have to wait for it I just read other books till it’s available and not fret about the wait. I’m a laid back sort though.

Tuggers library is open late on Monday nights if anyone is interested in checking out the library after work on the southside. Peewee may have all the books though, but you could walk about in the warm…

monomania 2:09 pm 04 Aug 09

It might be a clever plot by the CM to raise more money. An extra week to forget when the items have to be back and more items to attract fines.

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