“For now, she is buying books at Target and is ambivalent about borrowing library books again. ‘I will not step foot in a library ever again — right now,’ she said.”
One reason people may be buying books again: bed bugs in libraries. And not just in New York City, where bed bugs are commonplace and regularly complained about, but also in libraries in Wichita, Kan. and the University of Washington Libraries, according to this Times story that probably won’t prevent me from going to the library. They make it pretty clear in the story that the librarians know what they’re doing and are being very proactive about the situation. They also leave with an obvious, but practical bit of advice: The best-sellers that quickly circulate in most people’s homes? Probably avoid those if you’re afraid of checking out a book with potential bugs in them.