It’s time to come clean with you guys. I’m doing something that’s so terrible, so horrible that I might have to have my librarian status revoked. Seriously, you will not be able to believe what a terrible person I am. So prepare yourself. Take a deep break. Okay.
I’m cheating on my local library. *gasp*
I know! I know!!! What kind of monster am I?
It gets worse. I’m using a serious loophole in the system to use multiple libraries. Eek.
So here’s the deal. We moved back to my hometown in March, literally in the first week of the Covid outbreak here in Texas. We’re in a major metropolitan area, but the suburb I’m living in operates its own library. Its own small library. Much, MUCH smaller than the big city library my previous town was in a consortium with. What can I say? I’m a spoiled brat.
But the thing is, there’s nothing (that I know of) in my old library’s policies requiring me to renew my card or prove residency again. So … I just kept using it? But no, it’s worse. Because that would be ridiculous, we moved quite far from my old town. Instead I’m using my library card for a city literally an hour away to access the nearest branch of the big-city library they’re affiliated with. I order books from all over the consortium and make my husband pick them up and drop them off on his way home from work.
Send all the shame my way.
But I want to support my local library, so I got a library card there too. And I do check out older titles when they have them. And my kids get books from that library as well!
So, yes. I am using two libraries at once by shamelessly exploiting a loophole to access a huge-ass library (and the rest of the giant consortium!) for a city I don’t live or work in.
What makes all of this feel even ickier is that since none of these libraries are actually open, all of these transactions are happening via drive-thru service. It’s like having an affair in the back of your car because you can’t be bothered to get a hotel. What is wrong with me???
This post was mostly meant to be silly, but in all seriousness when this shinanigans with Covid is over I need to come clean and pay the $50 a year for a non-resident card. Except it doesn’t include books from the consortium. OH THE HORROR!
What terrible things do you do in the name of getting books in your hands? Let me know in the comments, if you dare.