November 24, 2008: Happiness

One thing that makes me happy: That I work within a 7-minute walk of the main branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL); that anyone in the state can have a BPL library card — you just need a picture ID and proof of address; that the catalog is on-line, and you can reserve items over the internet.

I just reserved four books on Lincoln, three of them dealing with Lincoln as a writer. (Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, by Fred Kaplan; Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills; and Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words by Douglas L. Wilson.)

I now have 20+ books on hold (and 26 out, but four are going back next time I go). I love that I can renew books online, too: unless someone else has reserved the book, you can renew it twice, for three weeks each time. So you can have a book out for 9 weeks.

Sadly, that isn’t always long enough for me, but still…

This might seem like a small thing, but it makes me very happy, and it makes me feel wealthy.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Scot Colford
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 07:02:36

    Hi, Katy. So glad you discovered the BPL!

    Note to your readers who may want a library card from us as well — you can make the card registration process a tiny bit easier by starting with an eCard. Follow this link to learn what it is, what you can do with it, and how to sign up. Once you check out books, you still need to bring in proof that you live in the state, but you won’t have to waste time filling out a paper application.

    Thanks for getting the word out!

    Scot Colford
    Web Services Manager
    Boston Public Library


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