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Subject: Whats the longest wait time for a library book
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:19 AM ET
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I use my library system all the time. I always have books on hold on the website. One book, The devil who tamed her by Johanna Lindsey, has been on my hold list since April 8th, and there are still 3 people ahead of me waiting to read it. I acoually gave up and bought the book about 3 months ago 'cause I was tired of waiting, but I left it on the wait list just to see how long it will take.

What is the longest time that you have waited to read a library book?

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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:27 AM ET
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Hmm. I've never waited more than a week. And I live on an island.  But the library is connected to several others on the mainland and they have a book transfer service that carts books to and from the different libraries. 

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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 12:37 PM ET
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I waited for New Moon for about three months through the library system, and I think that's the longest I've had to wait.

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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 2:27 PM ET
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I honestly don't remember...I do remember waiting for 2 months on one, but that's because the library couldn't find it! They ended up ordering a new copy and by the time it came in, I had already read it thanks to PBS:) I've been waiting for that Johanna Lindsey for about 2 weeks now, but I'm next in line for it, so I shouldn't have to wait much longer.

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Date Posted: 4/4/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I waited on avarage about 4 or 5 months for the last 2 Harry Potter books !!!

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 12:55 AM ET
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I have waited a year before. Currently, I am still 6 of 79 for TIES THAT BIND by Lora Leigh. I have been on the WL since 4/22/07. . . almost a year

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 1:48 AM ET
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wow.  i've never had to wait that long for a book from the library, once they already had it.  i think the longest was the DVD of Ratatouie (sp?), where i started at something like #80 on the list and finally got it several months later.

right now i'm #2 on the waitlist for stephanie meyer's twilight and #2 for new moon as well, and i requested them about six weeks ago.  that's probably about as long as i've waited.  there are more copies of eclipse, which i requested at the same time, so that one is on hold for me.  i've got to go pick that up on monday so it doesn't get sent to the next person, and i seriously hope to be able to get & read the first two before having to return book 3.

though, i did just remember there was one book that i waited a long time for, probably six months between my request after the book was released and when the book finally came in to the library.

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 2:49 AM ET
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I've waited about 6 months before; I usually break down and buy it! My library lets you check out for3 weeks then you can renew for antoher 3 weeks once for a total of 6 weeks if no one is waiting on a copy of it andthey often get several copies between the different branches. They used to 'hold' the book for you for a week  or 10 days but they shortened that to about 4 days now...I miss out on some :-( but the line does move faster I think with the books not sitting in the library wating to be checked out..I'd rather they went ahead and 'checked them out' to the person so they'll have it the 3 weeks but the clock starts ticking when the book arrives...but that's just me!

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:39 AM ET
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The longest I've ever had to wait for a book was a month, I guess that makes me pretty lucky compared to some of you! ;-)

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:45 AM ET
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I suppose it depends on how popular the book, how many copies, and how many people waiting.


I'd see if they can get another copy through inter-library loan.  My library has this; it was how I finally got to read Winter Garden.

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Date Posted: 4/6/2008 12:00 AM ET
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About a month I think. I remember I was maybe number 80? I don't remember now, but I do know it was a high number. It didn't take too long to get the book since where I live there are over a dozen libraries in the regional system so there are lots of copies of books to go around.
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Date Posted: 4/6/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I've had to wait about 3 months for a book, not because of a wait list but because it was WAY overdue by the person who checked it out.  I honestly don't know if the library just ended up getting another copy or if the person finally brought it back (though I'm sure the fine was astronomical).

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Date Posted: 4/6/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I was on the wait list for several of Diana Gabaldon's audiobooks for at least 6 months.  I ended up cancelling the order before my turn came up and went ahead and bought Outlander from audible so I could have it on my IPOD.

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