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.


  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.

  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!

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

  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!

  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 ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  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,