Monday, September 8, 2014

Lucifer's Rants: Why I Vow to Never Use the Library Again

Hi everyone, this is a fairly new topic I started here at Angelic Reviews. It's called Lucifer's Rants, named after the fallen angel Lucifer himself, where I talk about a certain topic that's on my mind and is book related. I hope you enjoy.

Onto today's topic.

Why I Vow to Never Use the Library Again.

For those of you who don't know me too well, I loved my local public library. I usually went there at least once a week, whether it was to do homework or actually go and check out some books. I had my library code memorized and the librarians all knew who I was.

A few weeks ago, I went to the library and found a copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I've heard some amazing things about this book so I decided to check it out. Everything went normally, I checked the book out, read the book, reviewed it right here on Angelic Book Reviews and then I went to return it.

On the day that I was returning a few books, it was raining outside. I had to walk about 3 minutes to get to the library from where I parked. I tried to cover up the books the best I could to protect it from the rain. Since the library was closed that day, I returned tbem through one of the return slots that all libraries offer, and then left.

A few days later I get an email from the library saying that the copy of Fangirl I returned is highly damaged and that I have to pay the library $30 CAD within 14 days or it will be sent to a collecting agency.

As someone who treats all their books like their own children I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Not only do I treat all of my library books the same way I would treat my own books, but it also makes me extremely sad when I see library books in terrible condition. This came as a shock to me.

So today, when I went to go pay the library that money, I tried to explain to them that I'd never do such a thing and that when I returned the book it was in perfect condition. All they said to me was that they have no proof that I didn't do it, so I had to pay them either way. As I gave them the money they asked for, one of the kind librarians asked if I wanted to keep the copy of the book since they had no use for it anymore.

When I took the book in my hands, this is what I saw.

First of all, I'm pretty sure its impossible for 3 minutes of light rain to do this much damage to a book.
Secondly, I've seen library books who are 10 times worse than this book. I even checked out a library book once that was so damaged it was missing pages and it was a hundred times more crinkled than that.
And lastly, as I opened up the front cover to reveal the price of this book and it was $21.99 CAD, so why on earth did I have to pay $30 to cover the charges for this book. There is no way the library got the book for that much, even if they pre-ordered it or had to pay for shipping or something, that price is way too high.

Feeling completely cheated and scammed by my library. I returned all my books, even the ones I haven't had a chance to read yet, and I vow to never ever set foot in that library ever again.

From now on I shall either buy my own books, and if I don't want to spend all that money on them then I will either buy them on my kindle or borrow books form my friends.

Leave a comment with your opinion on my library below,
Thanks for reading.


  1. You know what I think happened? I think either the book didn't drop down correctly into the deposit bin, or the deposit box itself doesn't connect to inside the library. In this case, it makes sense that the book is wet because maybe the bin got super soaked and water was dripping down inside the bin or something. Which is then why it got so wet :(

    I'm sorry this happened to you though. It's not fair that you had to pay that much money for the book, and that they didn't even try to figure out why it was wet in the first place :/

  2. I agree with Val, this totally happened in the bin. Some of those bins are in rough shape. What a bummer, I'm so sorry this happened to you. I can't believe they didn't let you offer to replace the book, I'm sure you could have purchased a used book in good shape for less than they charged you.

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

  3. I don't blame you for not wanting to use the library again. I agree with the other comments where this damage has happened in the bin. Surely there would have been other books in that bin that were damaged or some water laying around in it? I wonder if the other people were charged as much for their books as you were.

  4. I actually love my library but I totally understand why you don't wanna visit your library anymore. Wow. How could they cheat you for $30 when the book didn't even cost that much?
    Anyway, I love your blog and your book taste. I've nominated you for the 7 Deadly Sins tag. Come check it out on my blog.

    The Life of Little Me

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