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A quick question for librarians

Are you overdue?
Do you have any books that you've borrowed, from any library, currently past the date they should have been returned?
Are they lurking, looking longingly at the door, seeming like they want to go home, making you feel ashamed?

This week, I have discovered that quite a few of my librarian friends are guilty of keeping books until they're overdue. Yes, they know how to renew online, or on the phone, or in person, but...it doesn't quite happen.

Is this one of the awful, secret truth about librarians? Do we know the rules so well we have a wild disregard for them? Is it one of the rules of Librarian Club? Are you an Overdue Librarian?

Comments

HL said…
All the time. Half the time I forgot anything was due til it pops up as overdue.
Davina said…
The last time I actually borrowed a book from the library I ended up with a crazy amount of overdue fines. Took the books back, still haven't paid the fines......
Tom Roper said…
Just as publicans become alcoholics and doctors junkies, so do librarians accumulate overdues. It's the mixture of high stress and easy access that does it
Sarah said…
Yes, I have overdue books and the shame is acute. I avoid fines from the public library by virtue of having worked there briefly and changed my borrower status to not accrue fines. I delete the fines that appear from my own library. Worst of all, I have one library book from another city that was due back around 1992 - I don't know what to do with it. *sob*
Grahad said…
my books are always overdue - and worse now I've got kids. Just can't return them on time...
koralimba said…
Yes, I've got some that are so overdue I'm too embarassed to return them now!
Elly said…
So glad to discover that it's not just me! I've been trying really hard recently to make sure I get my public library books back on time (or renew them). Thankfully at work I get a reminder email before they're overdue and can renew them myself.

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