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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:30 AM
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Poll question: Begging the library to buy books so you don't have to
The Seattle Public Library allows patrons to submit purchase requests for items they do not currently have. i really want to read a book by one of my former law professors, but i don't necessarily want to own it. should i feel bad about asking the library to do my dirty work for me?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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LaraMN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:31 AM
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1. I don't know, but this is the reason I don't feel bad about paying library fines.
Edited on Mon Nov-05-07 10:31 AM by LaraMN
It's one of the least painful "punishments."
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:33 AM
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2. i know...i can justify the dime
Edited on Mon Nov-05-07 10:34 AM by MrCoffee
i have never in my life run out at 11:30 pm to return a library book that was due that day. can't say the same about the video store.
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:35 AM
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3. Buy
Edited on Mon Nov-05-07 10:35 AM by Liberalynn
Writers need to take care of their families too. :)
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:37 AM
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4. the author is a law professor making $96k a year
she's not hurting for the scratch. and besides, it's not like the library would steal it to add it to the catalog.
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:47 AM
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5. I agree. Law texts are overpriced anyway.
Updated every year to change two cases or to add a $30 supplement to an already $100 book.

If the library can get the book, there's nothing wrong with making the request. There may be someone else that needs the book.
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 10:49 AM
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6. Understand your point about her having enough cash~
:hug: I wasn't thinking that the library was going to steal it. ;)

Just that the writer's sales volume goes up if a group of people by their own copies verses one copy sold to a single library.

But libraries are a good thing, not meaning to imply differently. Sorry I guess I am just too tired today and not making sense.

:hug:
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 11:45 AM
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7. How else would the library know what to buy?
They'll be given a budget each year to spend on new books - if you don't tell them what you'd like to read, then the poor librarian will have to second guess everybody who walks through the door.
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