I was absolutely stoked to drop by the library to pick up a couple of books I’d put a hold on recently. Why? Because no longer do you have to wait in line and deal with, er, an actual librarian. No, they simply put your requested books out in the open on a ‘hold’ shelf, tagged with your name, in alphabetical order. Do it yourself – and presumably, get away with never being nagged to pay your late fees either!
For some reason, I also assumed this meant we would no longer be charged a dollar everytime we request a specific book. I’m not sure what gave me that notion, because it’s horribly, wildly wrong. I logged into my library account online and was horrified to see my balance at over $10 (granted half of that is late fees from last year…which I will get around to paying sometime).
I still have more than 14 books left on my reading list. For those of you who actually purchase books, maybe $14 doesn’t sound like a lot (and as an avid reader and book lover maybe it shouldn’t be. But I’m not a buyer – I devour them and move on – there’s just no way I can afford a minimum o$30 a pop for a shiny new novel).
I’ve always thought charging us extra for something that really is just part of the job was ridiculous. I’m still going to forge ahead with whittling down my reading list, but this kind of sucks. All of the books I want to borrow (progress has been slow so far, mainly because I didn’t want to pay to get any of them out) are housed at random branches that aren’t convenient for me to get to.
Speaking of unexpected charges…now that I’m 22, I have to start paying for my twice yearly-appointments at Family Planning. Six months sounds like a long time, but it sure feels like I run out of pills much sooner than that. (It probably didn’t help that I had to make extra appointments for my smears recently.) I’m no longer a poor student and don’t qualify for a community services card, so I’ll be charged $22.50 a pop. As far as I know, though, my prescriptions will still be subsidised to $3…or so I’m hoping.