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How many books do you leave the library with?

post #1 of 56
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I am starting to feel a tad self conscious when signing out of the library...

Three kids plus myself (homeschooling/cooking/homesteading type books) leads to a lot of books being checked out. At one point last year we had 75 books out at once. I am the type who likes to use books as reference for a roject, or skim over the material and take notes of whatever looks good, or decide if a book is worth buying by skimming the material... So even though I don't read every book cover to cover, I enjoy having tons of reading material on hand. The kids love looking at library books and can spend hours each week just sitting and looking at the books.

We return them all, they're in good condition, but on average we usually leave with 20-40 books between all of us.

Am I abnormal? if I see it and it looks good, I gotta grab it, Lord knows I'll forget about it the next time I'm there and could miss out on some good informatioN! LOL. or it could be checked out, then returned to a different library and I'd never see it again unless I request it. lol.
post #2 of 56
That sounds like our trips too.

Before we moved, our last library didn't have a limit (at least I never reached it) and we had 3 cards (mine, dh, DS#1). So there were times when we had 200 titles (books, movies, games) out at a time.

Several times when we got to the checkout desk the librarian would just look at the pile and say: "Homeschoolers, right?" and I'd say "yep" and she would just smile.

Here there is a 50 title limit per card. Currently we have 2 cards (mine, DS#1) and we are learning to live with that. We'll get a card for DH if it becomes necessary.

Right now, as of today, we have 61 items out on the two cards together...so I guess that means we're doing 'better.'
post #3 of 56
Between dd & I, there's a limit of 100 items for us, and we're often close to that.
post #4 of 56
About 50 is usual.
post #5 of 56
I do not know what the limit is but between all of us we have about 20 books out right now. We go weekly, so some weeks are more, some are less. Some books are for schooling, some are for enjoyment, some are just interesting. I use our library.
post #6 of 56
We have between 100 and 200 items out at a time - which includes dvds, book tapes etc as well as books. I go about once or twice a week to pick up holds and books. We don't read them all completely - some are just to research a question or two but I use the hold function extensively at the library because it is frankly easier than searching through books for what I want while watching 4 kids at the same time.

Karen
post #7 of 56
Between dh and I (and the boys when they feel like using their cards), we usually have about 30 books out at any one time. We try to go every other week or weekly. Our cards max out at 25 each, so when I am there with the boys, I make sure they use their cards because our pile usually exceeds the 25 limit.

Oh, and the hold function at our library is my friend too! I usually get into the on-line catalog at home and find a bunch of what we want and request it to be sent to our branch. Then we pick those up and then find more on the shelves.
post #8 of 56
Lucky lucky people! The limit here is 20 items - can you imagine how frustrating that is? And there is a charge for holds and for getting items from other branches. Pathetic.

At least there is a library, I guess it could be worse.
post #9 of 56
Thread Starter 
Ok, I dont' feel so bad anymore!

So how many books do you request/hold, on average?
post #10 of 56
There is a 5 book per card limit so our max is 30 right now. We normally have around 20 out at a time.
post #11 of 56
we have a 200 item limit, i'm not sure if that's per card holder or not. anyway, there's NO way I could keep track of more than 10 items at one time. Luckily we live just a few blocks from the library so we can go often.
post #12 of 56
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Originally Posted by StormySar View Post
At one point last year we had 75 books out at once.
I think that's close to our average.
post #13 of 56
we go to the library 3-4 times a week, and we get 10-15 things each time, cycling stuff back on each visit-so id say we have about 20 items out at a time usually.
post #14 of 56
We can have up to 36 items out at one time on each card. One kids dvd per family. 6 kid videos per family. 2 kids computer software at one time. 15 holds at a time per card.

Our library called us two months ago to be sure we were okay. We hadn't been in for a month and they were worried something was wrong. our children's librarian asks me which books the kids have read recently and liked so she can add them to her popular books section. I'd say we are at the limit of items each time we check items out.
post #15 of 56
How many books do you leave the library with?

Sadly, more than I usually return. I have paid for many books over the years.
post #16 of 56
We have several at home that we aren't finished with and today we went again and left with 22 more. I'm not sure what the limit is at our library but our family always leaves with a huge tote bag stuffed to the brim.
post #17 of 56
It's not unusual for us to have 20 books just for our 1 DD. We have 2 or 3 libraries that we regularly visit, so we often have 50+ books checked out at any one time.
post #18 of 56
I don't think we have any limits and I spread things out between dd, dh's and my own card. I think 75 would be our personal max, but only because I am really good at getting things back as soon as we are done with it, and sometimes I just check a book out to see if it's worth purchasing or not so it has a quick turn around.

I use the online catalog and inter library loan and hold features nearly exclusively.

My librarian says I do wonderful things for their circulation numbers which increases their finding and she loves me
post #19 of 56
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Originally Posted by inkedmamajama View Post
we go to the library 3-4 times a week, and we get 10-15 things each time, cycling stuff back on each visit-so id say we have about 20 items out at a time usually.
This is exactly us too! Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. I could easily get more than that, but I am always afraid I can't keep track of anymore than that.
post #20 of 56
i am so jealous. our library stinks! we can only check out 10 (yes, TEN) books per person at a time!!!! i live in a super tiny town. the good news is, we can walk to the library or ride our bikes. it's a block away. but i still wish we could check out more books! as napoleon dynamite would say...luuucky!
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