The Librarians Have it Under Control

“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.


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RachelG8489 (#1,297)

This makes me feel really okay about the fact that I primarily use my library card(s) to check out ebooks online from the bed bug-free safety of my apartment…

julnyes (#2,807)

@RachelG8489 I exclusively use my library card for ebooks because my nearest library is overrun with children.

Stina (#686)

She just buys books at Target? I’ve seen the selection there and it is… Apparently she has no interest in reading books (other than the Bible) that came out more than four years ago.

As for me I’d rather itch than be bookless, but I’m in the Midwest and we’re not exactly at high risk for bed bugs.

P.J. Morse (#665)

Nooo! If this weren’t in the NYT, I might assume this was some sort of sneaky PR-driven study or expose to drive people to purchase ebooks instead.

megsy (#1,565)

Buying an ereader for $120 saved me at least $200 in book purchases – living in small town Quebec is not good for English readers (the library’s english section was miniscule and the local bookstore had one shelf devoted to bad romance novels, Twilight and Tom Clancy books). I love that I can check out ebooks from the public library!

tiktaalik (#778)

Turns out the risk of getting bedbugs from a library book might have been overstated a bit:

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