Yesterday, I became an official member of the Waitakere Library. It is a measure of how sad/geeky my life is that I was thoroughly over-excited. (At least I’m easy to please.) Did you know you can hire books for FREE!!! Also magazines, CDs, DVDs and audio books; and members have access to online resources such as the Oxford English Dictionary and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Things have changed in fifteen years. Back in the eighties, library books had cards inside the fly cover. My idea of a cracking time was getting out a book that had been checked out so many times the librarian had to replace its card with a new one. Or – even better – checking out a book with a brand new card (there wasn’t much to do in Limerick).
Now it’s all barcodes and plastic membership cards with your choice of any of twenty images and online accounts providing inspirational messages about returning items on time.
But the books still smell the same