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  1. alice-jane says

    I love library books but they’re not the most hygienic objects. I wash my hands after I’m done with them and probably wouldn’t treat them the same way that I do with books I own (ie fall asleep with them).

  2. Angie says

    I get ALL my books from the library. I swear everything is gross anymore. But this isn’t even what caught my eye about your post! It’s the fee you have to pay to reserve a book. REALLY? What… I don’t even! Man I have like 50 things on reserve at my library right now. Some of them I am even number 300. I can’t imagine having to pay for that service.

    Shocked!! :)

    PS I would pay for that service too by the way.


    • Joséphine @ Dudette Reads says

      You mean you can place THAT many books on reserve? I think my library only allows four or so at any one time and the reservation expires after two weeks or so one a book has been allocated to you. I suppose the reservation fee’s also there because books are transferred between the branches, so you can pick up books at your preferred branch? Never really looked in to this before, actually. Just took it as part of the library service. Haha.

  3. Pamela D says

    Library books can be pretty gross; however, I would encourage you not to run from them. Cash is notoriously for being germy, and it is probably far worse than a library book.

    • Joséphine @ Dudette Reads says

      Good point on cash being worse. And no worries, I don’t intend to give up on library books just yet. I’ve relied on library books the past 15 years, and I don’t think those germs have affected me all that much. Haha

  4. Sophie says

    I felt the same way about library books after I read those articles! I’ve always like the old, well-worn books from the library, and I also shop a lot at library book sales and used bookstores. . . the idea that I could contract a disease from simply touching books that other people have touched never crossed my mind until now.

    I think I’ll still pick up library books, though. Libraries are kind of like public restrooms or city buses; I can’t be scared of sitting on a toilet seat or holding onto a handrail, because those are things I need to do. And I definitely need to read! Looks like I’ll just have to trust that my immune system is strong enough to combat whatever books throw my way, haha. :)

    • Joséphine @ Dudette Reads says

      Your comparison with restrooms cracked me up! Lol. Seeing how computer keyboards are touted as filthier on average than restrooms, I suppose our immune systems have found ways to keep up after all. For now I’m not giving up on library books either but I’m definitely going to be more careful. At least I’m hoping the kinds of books I read won’t be susceptible to that kind of nonsense. Plus, drugs come with heavy penalties here, so I’m unlikely to come across cocaine :)