Monday, September 8, 2014
Lucifer's Rants: Why I Vow to Never Use the Library Again
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.
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Thanks for reading.