I went to two libraries last week-Horsley Library on Wednesday for Judith Kinghorn's talk and Guildford Library on Saturday.
My library card didn't work as I haven't used it for a while. The librarian reactivated my card and gave me a pin number so I can use the Surrey online library.
With this pin number I can:
• renew my books online
• search the catalogue for all Surrey libraries, reserve books and request a book to be moved from one library to another so I can collect it there.
• use the online reference shelf-including 19th century newspapers and The Times Digital Archive-every issue of The Times newspaper between 1785-2006
On Saturday I found some art books to use as research for Book 2, 'The Painting'. Instead of handing them to a librarian like the old days, I had to scan my card, then the book and a machine produced a receipt with the 'return by' date on.
The books I borrowed on Saturday were worth around £80, so half an hour at Guildford Library was a great use of my time.
How often do you go to the library? Do you borrow books for research? Do you ever write in the library?