Why I Don’t Go To The Library

November 10, 2015 books, discussion, fun, miscellaneous 19

This is sort of a companion post to Why I Don’t Review ARCs. I know it sounds like I’m just trying to be contrary, but I promise it’s more than just a leftover pseudo-rebellious streak from my teenage years. I think.

Let me start this off by saying I love libraries. I think libraries are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, and I spent about 90% of my childhood in one. For a couple of years, we had a library right next to our school, so it was basically get up -> go to school -> go to the library -> read -> go to bed, rinse and repeat. Then the library moved ten minutes away, and I had to walk up a hill to get there. Pretty sure that’s the most continuous exercise I ever got, which is saying something because it was a pretty short walk. I should look into gyms again.

So why haven’t I owned a library card in years and years? Well, my dear reader, much like Voldemort’s soul, the reason comes to you in seven parts. (If you’re asking what the eighth one is, it’s probably you.)

1. I’m lazy.

This should come as no surprise to you. I mean I’d have to actually leave my house and who wants that. Then I’d have to haul approximately fifteen books all the way to the library to return them and another fifteen from the library home. Why so many? BECAUSE BOOKS ARE SHINY AND I NEED OPTIONS. Like, seriously, they’re free no matter how many I take, so why limit myself?




2. I like owning the books

Just looking at my bookshelf brings me joy. Sure, there are books that incense me the moment I see their spine, but those go in the fuck you eff you lower right corner of my shelf that I can’t see or reach because there’s a sofa in front of it. I tried giving them away for free, but no one wanted them, so there they go. That’s the decided minority of my books though, all the other beautiful and shiny ones are proudly displayed on my shelves where I can see them. I feel immediately more at home when I have my books with me. They’re like practical décor – pretty, but also functional.



3. I hate pressure

Once I borrow the books, I have to read them within a certain time frame. I mean I could just return them without having read them, but a. that’s would defeat the purpose of painstakingly carrying them home and b. I’m pretty sure that’s the real definition of walk of shame. Moreover, I often buy books and then read them months or even years later. I need to be in the mood to read a book or otherwise I won’t enjoy it, but when I get books from the library, I have to read those books because I’ll need to return them soon.



4. You need to take care of them

Yes, I know – a lot of people are very protective of their books. And I understand! They’re preciousssss and deserve our protection. However, I am clumsy, and sometimes I mark my page by folding down the edge and I confess to having committed the ultimate sin of reading while eating which invariably ends with spillage of some sort on your book. I also usually have at least one book with me, so I carry them in my bag, which never ends well. Basically, I’m a book abuser, and I’m sorry. This point is also the reason why I don’t usually borrow books from friends by the way – I’d just have to buy them new ones.



5. They don’t have what I want

Which is fine, and I can’t blame them. I read English books and they’re German libraries, so there’s usually not that much to choose from. Though to be fair, even when I used to read in German, I still almost ran out of options a few times.



6. It’s stressful

I guarantee you, I will remember when I have to return my books for every single day until I actually have to return them. I’ll stress about not having read this or that book yet, Final Countdown is blaring in the Soundtrack of my Life at random intervals, and I’ll prepare a nice stack of books to return to the library.



And then the Day of Judgement comes, and I completely forget all about it. Which leads me to…

7. It’s cheaper.

I know this is a bit of a stretch, but trust me. The library actually offered me to work my fees off as a kid, because they were so high. Which I did; it was a great deal, and they were kind to offer. Once I had like 80 bucks in fees (though I’m pretty sure they didn’t get my message about extending the deadline that time, because no way did I forget for that long). Do you know how many books I could have bought with that money? A lot, is the answer. A LOT.



So in conclusion, I cannot be trusted with library cards. I absolutely encourage librarying, but I will take a home delivery of my long anticipated books over going to the library any day.

What about you? Do you like going to the library? Where do you usually get your books?

19 Responses to “Why I Don’t Go To The Library”

  1. Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser

    Haha, great post!

    I do use my local library, but not very often. Like you I love libraries – I used them so much as a child – but now that I’m older I do like to own my own books, although I do find the library very useful if I want to read something but I’m not sure I’ll like it. :) Also I totally get you on the pressure thing; I’m very much a mood reader, so giving myself a deadline tends to stress me out.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I guess they’re great when you’re not sure you’ll like something! I check reviews or read excerpts for that, but you can never be sure whether it’s actually worth the money. And yes, deadlines are the worst!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Glad you think so, thanks! :D Ah, I can’t say I’m a germaphobe exactly, but sometimes there were mysterious stains in books that I REALLY didn’t want to think about further!
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  2. Faye

    I totally wish I could stop going to the library and actually buy books, especially because there are so many books that I’ve read in the past that I wish I had on my bookshelf because they’re so pretty. Yet, I still get 90% of my books from the library, as I read too many books a week for it to be worth it to buy.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      True, if you read several books a week, it’s very expensive. To be honest, with how much I used to read when I was younger I would have had to rob three medium sized banks or two big ones to afford to buy all the books. Now I don’t read quite as much, but it can still make a dent in my monthly budget!
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  3. Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    Aw such a cute post! I honestly hate leaving my house sometimes, even if my friends invite me to go elsewhere that I’m too tired to go to. But libraries would probably make me leave my home HAHA. I’d do anything to read my favorite books! :) I can totally see why you wouldn’t want the libraries!

    One main thing I love about libraries is that I don’t have to buy the book. If I happen to dislike a book that I borrowed from the library, I can just return it so I won’t feel guilty about ever buying something that disappointed me in the first place :P Anyway great post! Loved it from top to bottom!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Yeah, I feel kind of guilty abandoning a book when I spent money to buy it! I mean I usually do my research before I hit that buy button, but you can never be sure you’ll actually like a book, and sometimes i buy them spontaneously at the bookstore. So glad you liked my post; thanks for letting me know! :)
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Yes! Yes to someone who finally understands the struggle of the non-library goer. I don’t go for ALL those reasons. Plus, the books are kind of grimy sometimes- you don’t even know who has touched them or where their hands have been, and I CAN’T. I am like, a mess generally, and I am about as far from a germophobe as they come but… ew. I can’t.

    I also get rather defiant with the library. They don’t know this, but I like to rebel against them. “Yeah, you want me to read this by March 3rd? I WON’T!” Like they care. It’s all so weird and stupid, but I am absolutely better off buying books.

    Also, glad I am not the only one with a “fuck you” book corner ;)
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I’m not a germaphobe either, but I have to admit I remember some seriously stained books I had to touch with gloves to even read (okay, I’m exaggerating, but they were a bit yucky). Hahahaha yes I do understand the rebelliousness. WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME HOW FAST I HAVE TO READ MY BOOK. :D No, you’re definitely not! The fuck you corner is an essential part of my home library.
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  5. Joséphine @ Word Revel

    I’m the complete opposite. I can’t get enough of the library. Haha. Been trying to cut down though since I own so many books that I’ve yet to read. Library books keep getting in the way since they’ve due dates.

    As for #1 & #7, does your library have ebooks for loan? I love how convenient Overdrive is and there never are fines, so that overcomes the the laziness & cost problems.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Oh, good point! Ebooks weren’t really a thing when I went to the library as a child. I think they’d just started having ebooks when I stopped going, but I’m guessing most of them still wouldn’t be the books I want to read, because they’d mostly be in German. But I can definitely see the benefits!
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  6. Tanya Patrice

    I’m a total library goer – though I don’t physically go into the library much anymore because … eBooks and audiobooks! No worries about fines because the books disappear on the due dates :-)

    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I never got any audiobooks or ebooks when I went, because they didn’t really have them much when I was younger, but I can definitely see the benefits of not having to worry about fees!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Yes, I definitely understand that! I love having books to fill my shelves (even though there never seem to be enough shelves). I always struggle whether to buy ebooks for that reason to – it’s very convenient, but I won’t have the physical book to ogle. I don’t really do review copies, but I can see how they’d take precedence.
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  7. Alison's Wonderland Recipes

    I’m so with you on #4! I ALWAYS eat when I read, to the point where I feel weird if I’m reading in a place where food isn’t allowed. And I fold page corners and even sometimes write notes to my future rereading self in the margins. The way I figure it, if it’s your book you should be allowed to use it however you want. That’s how books get that well-loved look. :)
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I fold corners too, thought I’ve been converting to using bookmarks as well recently. I never really write in the margins, but I kind of love the idea of adding interesting and funny remarks and making the book your own.
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