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Library Love: To Buy or Borrow?

Glorious. Mesmerizing. Overwhelming.

I’ll never forget the feeling of walking into my local public library as a small munchkin, and being completely amazed at ALL THE BOOKS.

All of Judy Blume, Nancy Drew, and Little House on the Prairie right there at my fingertips.

I was in little kid heaven.

As a grown up, however, my days browsing the shelves of my local library were over. Finished with university, there was no need to check out heavy tomes that I would then be forced to remember to return.

After all, I had my trusty Kindle, and a Barnes & Noble membership. Who needs anything more?

That line of thought is followed by many. In fact, Forbes magazine published an article on how public libraries should be disbanded, and those funds appropriated towards purchasing citizens Kindle Unlimited memberships.

Because, The Digital Age. And limited government resources. And nonsense like that.

But when I got married, my husband totaled his car, and our savings account was wiped out, I NO LONGER HAD MONEY TO BUY BOOKS! *GASP!*

I returned to my local public library as a frugal means to continue fueling my reading addiction. So much time had passed since my last visit, I was forced to obtain a new library card!

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Now, my spiffy little library card on my keychain is my favorite accessory.

In any given year, there are 1.5 billion in-person visits to libraries across the country. This number increased due to economic downturn, but may go back down as job outlooks brighten and eBook sales skyrocket.

My presence at the library, however, will remain.

I’m trying to eliminate clutter (a slow procedure, but an important process that I have discovered helps ease my recent bouts with anxiety), and my bookshelves are overflowing. Reading this post by Modern Mrs. Darcy is guiding me as I become more discriminating in the books I buy.

The rest, I’ll happily borrow.

I’d love to know- do you buy or borrow most of your books? Do you have a local library near you, or a librarian you love? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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