|Books! For free! Just lying around like it's no big deal!|
I'm well aware that few libraries have digital books on offer right now. We're stymied by publisher restrictions and technological hurdles. But libraries are still the best place to get your hands on a book (presuming you don't just want to buy your own copy). Until publishers relax or libraries get more funding to pay the inflated institutional costs of ebooks, it won't get any easier to legally get an ebook. I know that. (This, in itself, is an incendiary topic to bring up around librarians.)
We still keep the dangerous ones locked up. (Just kidding.
This is the Hereford Cathedral Library and I expect that each
of those books is worth more than Warren Buffet.)
Almost every week at my library, I hear students and faculty suggest services to us...that we already have in place. Sometimes we've had those "new" services for years. It frustrates me no end. But it saddens and angers me when I see an organization actually reinvent the wheel and then have the gall to charge people to use it.