18 March 2011

Waiting for a Library Card?

It seems a bit odd to me, but apparently you don't receive a library card in NC the instant you apply for one.

I went to a local library the other day, told the lady working at the front desk that I wanted to apply for a card, and gave her my driver's license to verify my name and address. I completely understand why they want your ID. What I don't understand is why you have to wait for a card to be mailed to you in a few days.

She actually retrieved a new card from a drawer and scanned it with my information, so it was ready to go at that moment. Yet, I had to address an envelope to myself so she could mail it to me a few days later.

If you've got a current driver's license, is it really necessary to go through those extra (annoying) steps? I mean, who's going to lie about where they live just so they can obtain a library card? Why would you even want one for a county that you don't live in (or near)?

Maybe I'm just not thinking like a criminal.

6 comments:

  1. I just have to follow another blog that admits to having dysfunctional branches ... I bet I have you beat! :)

    Good luck with your blog.

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  2. Hi Kellie!

    I don't know...my family gives a whole new meaning to dysfunctional...but I'll take your word for it!

    Thank you for the support. I appreciate it!

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  3. That is different. Did they explain why you had to wait?

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  4. Hi Heather!

    No, I didn't receive an explanation. I got the impression that it's just how they do things.

    The day that I applied for a card, they gave me a temporary one with my new "library card number" written on it. It seems to be a regular practice with them for whatever reason.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's weird, though!

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  5. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"
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    http://www.examiner.com/x-58285-Ozarks-Cultural-Heritage-Examiner

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  6. Hi Dr. Bill!

    Thank you for your encouragement. I do appreciate it.

    I'll be sure to check out your links. It looks like you stay busy!

    Take care,

    Jill

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