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Library Books.

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Calendargirl Tue 17-Mar-20 11:07:52

What does anyone think about library books and the CV? I wash my hands before and after reading, and have a few books to be going on with, as I suspect the libraries may close before too long. One book I took out last week smelled strongly of smoke, yuk! I put it outside in the fresh air for a while. Made me think of how many hands touch them. 📚📖

TerriBull Tue 17-Mar-20 11:19:06

Yes we've been using the library of late because I've started listening to audio books. I was an avid user of libraries as a child and I've enjoyed revisiting old habits. Since my recent foray into the audio section and given we both read a lot we've been taking out books as well. My husband mooted to me the other day, given the way this virus is spread, we should go back to buying them for the time being. If libraries close I shall miss my regular visits there, but maybe in such times buying from an actual book shop will be a good thing, even if we are just putting a little bit of money back into the economy, it's not like we can spend going out and about for a while, besides I have one son who works for a major publisher so that's another reason for me.

ninathenana Tue 17-Mar-20 11:20:29

Could you wear latex gloves whilst handling the library books.
You have a point Calendargirl

Charleygirl5 Tue 17-Mar-20 11:24:00

If book shops close down, which I think they will end up doing- may I suggest you do what I have been doing and that is buying second hand books on eBay. They have been so cheap- I only buy when p&p is free and the condition has been excellent. If you buy from a company they will tell you the condition of the book. Well worth a look.

Rosepaul Tue 17-Mar-20 11:25:40

Not sure if you ladies are aware but there is a library app called Overdrive which enables you to borrow up to ten books downloaded on to your kindle. The choice can sometimes be a bit limiting but I use it all the time. With some of us having to self isolate maybe useful to some people.

Lucca Tue 17-Mar-20 11:26:28

My friend does home library service and is in a quandary as he is rather vulnerable too but can’t bear to think of the housebound people who rely on this so think he’s going to leave books at doors and wipe all books with dettol wipes

ninathenana Tue 17-Mar-20 11:31:52

Thanks for that Rosepaul

TrendyNannie6 Tue 17-Mar-20 11:42:56

Always wash my hands before I read my library books and after in fact spend loads of time washing my hands throughout the day, but I do think it’s not just library books what about money. Newspapers etc could go on forever

Calendargirl Tue 17-Mar-20 15:34:00

Good idea Ninathenana

Oldbat1 Tue 17-Mar-20 15:40:05

I use Borrowbox which has ebooks and listening books. This is via local library service. It also has magazines on line which I don’t find easy to read unfortunately.

Oldbat1 Tue 17-Mar-20 15:47:05

Rosepaul I’ve just looked at Overdrive - unfortunately seems nothing at all in my part of country but BorrowBox well supported.

Floradora9 Tue 17-Mar-20 16:12:55

If you have a kindle join amazon's Kindle Unlimited. It is only £8 a month and you get a large range of books to choose from. I have never got past the biographies as there are so many good ones. I think our library will close soon .
I love the magazines I can borrow from our library they come automatically every week or month and I read magazines I would never buy . I can even get a TV listings one.

Oopsadaisy3 Tue 17-Mar-20 16:19:28

Just leave all books etc. In a bag for 72 hours , I think that would be plenty of time for any bugs to go. They should be as safe as usual after that.

Sparklefizz Tue 17-Mar-20 16:20:48

I am disinfecting my library books with Zoflora disinfectant as soon as I get them home.

tanith Tue 17-Mar-20 16:22:16

I borrow from the library but digital books now, downloaded onto my kindle app on my iPad.

tessagee Tue 17-Mar-20 17:42:40

FloraDora thank you for the hint about Kindle Unlimited. I've been wondering how to cope with not being able to go to our local good library. I read two to three books each week, am not much of a TV watcher, so will definitely look into this.

GabriellaG54 Tue 17-Mar-20 23:16:41

A few months ago I bought 2 charity shop John Grisham books that I couldn't get in Amazon and took them back the same day.
"My my, that was quick" remarked the assistant.
"They're full of cat hairs" said I. Eugh!
I sanitise the books from Amazon which are usually virtually new.
Kindles may be handier, being loaded with several in one place but IMO, nothing beats a proper book.

JuliaM Tue 17-Mar-20 23:30:47

Although l have never tried this myself, freezing a book will kill off any bugs or insect larvae that may be living within their pages. This was something that the guide told us as we were exploring a National trust property with an extensive libary.

Floradora9 Wed 18-Mar-20 15:40:47

Well we no longer have to worry about this as all our libraries closed to-day . DH rushed down and brought home a strange selection of books but I will never run out of books to read as I have my Kindle . He has my old one but still prefers a proper book .

Calendargirl Wed 18-Mar-20 16:10:25


What area of the country are you in?

Witzend Thu 19-Mar-20 07:27:58

I still love proper books, but only if they’re not too fat and heavy (The Mirror And The Light is a prime example!) or if the font is very small.

For anything like that, I love my Kindle.

kittylester Thu 19-Mar-20 09:29:07

Community run libraries round here are shut now.

oscaro11 Thu 19-Mar-20 13:57:42

Thank you Rosepaul for recommending OverDrive. I’ve signed up and am now reading! I didn’t know of this until it was mentioned on here and I’m most grateful!

tanith Thu 19-Mar-20 14:06:41

Our libraries are now closed too.

Lizbethann55 Thu 19-Mar-20 21:49:58

Where do those of you live that have had libraries close? I work in a library and we are still open. I am pretty sure that they will close soon but we haven't heard anything yet. We have extended the loan period to six weeks and our borrowers can take out up to 30 books! ( if they can carry them!). I know our regulars are dreading the inevitable as we are a regular and friendly meeting point . We are trying to keep everything as clean as we can. Borrowbox is very good for anyone who is registered as a library user. All you need is your membership number and pin number. Personally, I hate reading off a screen and prefer a proper paper book. I am well stocked up for when we do close.