Most of my time at the circulation desk is spent telling people what kind of things they can’t get at the library. Additionally, when you work the front desk, you will get a myriad of questions from a multitude of patrons asking for nonsensical things.
I mean, I’ve had people ask me for vitamins, lottery tickets, and a sample of my perfume. Someone asked me for instant oatmeal. Can I have a bite of your donut, Miss Kristen (absolutely not). Could I borrow printer ink? A ream of paper? Fourteen packs of yellow post it notes (yellow only). Moreover, there was a day when a man asked three different times for my toothbrush. I finally had to ask him to leave the premises.
A very cool thing that’s been happening in the wide world of libraries is that we’re expanding everything we might house and catalog. Sure, we still have printed materials like books and periodicals. Yes, we still got all those DVDs kids love to scratch up and rub their sticky jam-hands all over. However, the library engineered a variety of other items to help you make the most of your life and of your community space.
What do I mean by that, exactly? Read on for An Incomplete List of the Non-Book Things You Can Get at a Library on LitHub.
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