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    Probably am, the smell of the books and being so quiet always gets me. Probably also I find a library relaxing.
    Best place in the world

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    Books at the best. As a child I submersed myself so much in them to avoid what was going on at home. Even now, I can't bring myself to buy a kindle. It's just not the same as flicking those pages

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Books at the best. As a child I submersed myself so much in them to avoid what was going on at home. Even now, I can't bring myself to buy a kindle. It's just not the same as flicking those pages
    And it's not the end of the world if you drop them in the bath

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    And it's not the end of the world if you drop them in the bath
    Unless they were a library book and you have to pay $110 for the book fine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiyed View Post
    Unless they were a library book and you have to pay $110 for the book fine....
    great for a random question that I've always wondered - why do some libaries charge crazy fees well above and beyond re buying the book and time taken to cover it in some plastic? It's not like a video rental place where they have lost money on potential hiring of the lost or damaged DVD. You loan the books at the library for free.

    Please explain Miss Librarian

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    great for a random question that I've always wondered - why do some libaries charge crazy fees well above and beyond re buying the book and time taken to cover it in some plastic? It's not like a video rental place where they have lost money on potential hiring of the lost or damaged DVD. You loan the books at the library for free.

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    How much do they charge? We charge cost of item plus $10. It's not the cost of the book plus covering, it's the cost of the book plus time to take off the catalogue, re-reserve to another copy if people have holds on it, contacting those people to let then know that's what you've done, sending an email to the collections librarian to tell him a new copy has to be bought, he orders it, the supplier sends it to offsite cataloguers, item is covered, given barcodes/rfid tags, spine labels. Then it's put back on the catalogue, then it's sent to us where we check it's all been done properly. So, the book doesn't just fall from the sky already in the catalogue and ready to go on the shelf bar some contact

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    great for a random question that I've always wondered - why do some libaries charge crazy fees well above and beyond re buying the book and time taken to cover it in some plastic? It's not like a video rental place where they have lost money on potential hiring of the lost or damaged DVD. You loan the books at the library for free.

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    Often there's a flat fee, regardless of the cost of the book. Eg at the university library I last worked at, many of the books would have cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars to replace, some were not able to be replaced at all. Yet students paid the same fine as they would for a novel regardless. Those replacing novels didn't like the system, but those replacing almost priceless books certainly did!

    Also consider the inconvenience to other people while the book is out of circulation. It's hard to put a price on that

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    Also, lol at libraries being nice and quiet lololololol. Says the woman whose newborn just spent 20 minutes screaming in one

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    I've worked in a library, $110 is what we charged to replace a book. That doesn't include the invoicing fee we charged to send you reminders and invoices.We charged a flat fee as some books are cheap, others very very expensive. The fee covers the time it takes to order the new book, the cost of the book, to receive it, RFID tag it, catalogue it, send it to the correct library, process the book invoice, pay the book invoice, charge the student and follow up the debt. Although, students did have the option of purchasing a copy of the book, giving it to us and reducing the replacement fee to around $30.

    Hope that makes sense

    So in this case, it's probably cheaper to ruin a kindle rather than a book!!!
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    Why don't you need a licence to ride a push bike on the road?

    It's the tour down under in Adelaide and it got me thinking....


 

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