"These exhibit items will be available for checkout next week."
This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen in a library, and it's the kind of thing that drives me crazy.
Here is a library (my home library, no less), ordering great new titles that I see when I actually get my butt in the door and browsing in the building. If I find a title I want to check out, though, I have to fill out a paper reserve slip instead of taking it with me.
Today is Friday, June 29, and I as a taxpaying resident with a valid library card cannot check out any of the books in this bookcase for an entire week. It's insane. Do you know of *any* other institution that spends taxpayer money on new things, proudly displays them, and then keeps them from residents for a week or longer?
I wonder if I request the title I tried to check out today via interlibrary loan if I could it get before the library will allow me to check out the copy they own? Or maybe I should just go to a neighboring library that wants to give me titles that are sitting on their shelves.
And we wonder why folks just buy stuff from Amazon or browse the shelves at Borders....