To discard or not to discard

What happens when libraries get entrapped by our relativistic culture.

This is utterly appalling to this inveterate bibliophile. I get an odd pleasure out of bringing a book that hasn’t been checked out for 30 years to the circulation desk and watching the librarians scrounge around for a new barcode to stick next to the due date slip. Looks like our libraries are now going to be hostage to the trends of the times: if a book hasn’t been checked out in 24 months, Farifax County librarians are allowed to discard it at their discretion. I doubt this policy is unique to that particular public library, either.

(HT: MercatorNet)

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2 Responses to “To discard or not to discard”


  1. 1 Brant January 5, 2007 at 11:05 am

    They “weed”, but we “ban” if we ask to have a book moved from the children’s section to the adult.

    Who cares about Aristotle when you’ve got Seinfeld DVD’s to make room for?

  2. 2 Bekah January 6, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t they make an “endangered books” shelf. Use the area to display books before they get purged. People like us would likely check them out, keeping them in circulation.

    Our local library has very limited space, and I’m sure sometimes struggles with how to make space for new items. Stuff that no one is interested in should be moved to the annual book sale. But the classics are important. Ultimately, this is one more sign that we are losing our common base of reference, as interest and familiarity with classic ideas and stories dwindles.


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