[home] library management – the rules

link to a geeky blog entry about the rules of home library management. and a follow up article here . for example, to minimise the risk of book loss when someone asks to borrow one there must be an unconditional no, or otherwise,say goodbye to it and buy another one on amazon.

also, what is acceptable to display on your living room bookshelf? both read and unread items? items which signify the person you wish to be, or the person you currently are? your old uni textbooks that are probably out of date by now?

FYI, my rules of library management, which differ to that of the above guy:

  1. You can borrow: all hardbacks, all items on the secondary bookshelf, library books (so long as you return them to the correct library and take responsibility for any late fees)
  2. You cannot borrow: any haruki murakami, any first editions, any ikebana or japanese books/magazines
  3. Unread books and library books can be located between the bookends on top of the primary shelf
  4. All other books should be assumed read, or there because they have been given as a gift and must appear as read.
  5. However, unread but aspirational books are ok so long as you really really really do aim to give a good shot at reading them one day and make clear to the browser that you have not [yet] read them.


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2 responses to “[home] library management – the rules

  1. Bobo

    1. When viewing the home library collection, do not pull books out. Do not touch them. Just look at them. It doesn’t matter if you can’t think of anything to say…just don’t touch them. You could have grease on your fingers.
    2. Do not ask to borrow them. You will not be allowed to borrow them. If the owner experiences a weak moment, and lets you borrow a book, she will, nevertheless, resent you for the rest of her life because you will not have returned the book, even though she immediately purchased a replacement copy online after you left the house.
    3. Under no circumstances should you say, ‘Have you really read all these books? Even this one here, The History of Israel?’ All books have been read. Well, most.

  2. you have NOT read the history of israel. have you really? you do realise that you have opened the floodgates for all our greasy paws over your collection as we pull them out and examine them.

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