As a result of a recent research project, I opened a library account in the Glendale/Pasadena, California, System. I was surprised that L.A. residents could gain access to materials from outlying libraries without paying a fee – so took advantage of Glendale’s policy of not charging for inter-library loans (I needed to borrow a volume of poetry from a university library).

While returning the book yesterday, I noticed an extensive section of DVDs. Since I don’t get to Glendale on a regular basis, I at first thought it would be impractical to borrow DVDs (which in most libraries need to be returned within two days – with a three DVD limit). On impulse, I asked the library assistant how many DVDs I could take out and how for how long I could borrow them. I thought I was hearing things incorrectly – or the person hadn’t heard my question, so I asked for the information a couple of times until I believed it.

The Glendale/Pasadena library system allows you to take out 12 DVDs (yes, a full dozen) and keep them for 7 days! The library had hundreds of DVDs on the shelves, but if patrons have up to 12 at home, I wonder how many DVDs  are in the collection.  I also learned that the library allows you to borrow up to 100 books at any given time!

All this is by way of saying thank you to the Glendale/Pasadena Library System!

I must also take a moment to thank the Los Angeles Public Library and its fine workers for all of their help and courtesy related to my high volume borrowing – and for sending my requested books from library to library for pick up. As someone who makes a living through research and ghostwriting (and certainly not publishing), I am often at my limit of 30 books borrowed. To all LAPL workers, I am in your debt. You are wonderful! My deepest appreciation!

In fact, thank you to all the libraries of the world!

As Ray Bradbury said, “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

In a New York Times article from June 19, 2009 (“A Literary Legend Fights for a Local Library”),  Bradbury (1920-2012) stated:  “Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”

We miss you, Ray — and we heart you, too!

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