A few weeks ago, I was serving customers at the circulation desk in the Excelsior Springs Branch when a customer approached with a stack of items to check out. She put down the stack and fumbled through her wallet, then handed me a credit card.
“I’m not sure that’s going to work here,” I said lightheartedly, handing it back.
“Oh, you’re right!” she responded, taking back the card and replacing it with her Mid-Continent Public Library Access Pass (Library card). Rather than be embarrassed about the mix-up, she laughed it off. As I scanned the barcode on her card, she jokingly asked, “Now, what’s the credit limit on that?”
Hmmm… that was an interesting question. While there’s not a “credit limit,” per se, on a Library card, there is definitely some real value.
Your Access Pass unlocks a world of information, both in print and online. It gives you access to books, audiobooks, music, movies, and databases—all at a minimal price. The annual taxes that support MCPL amount to the price of a book or two for most taxpayers, fines are levied at only a nickel a day per item (topped out at a dollar), and even if you lose your Library card, you can get another one for the price of a candy bar. And the value for a regular MCPL customer far outweighs the costs.
How about real value (dollars and cents)? Consider this: your Access Pass allows you to check out up to 200 items at a time. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Now, imagine that those items include a variety of hardcover books, DVDs, and Blu-rays, audiobooks, etc., and picture in your mind the price tag of those items if you were to buy them yourself. Multiply those numbers, and you’re talking about real money there! In fact, you can calculate how much the Library saves you with our online Library Value Calculator.
A visit to your local Library really is like tapping into a vast amount of value. Since I’ve become aware of this, it makes it much easier to come home with an armload of movies, CDs, and books. When my wife rolls her eyes, I simply grin and say, “It’s okay! They’re from the library!”
Excelsior Springs Branch