What DO you wish your patrons knew?

My local library

My local library

I copied this post from The MLXperience to ask you – What DO you wish your patrons knew?

Seattle Books Examiner’s Danielle Dreger-Babbitt took an informal poll of librarians in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Portland about what they wish library patrons knew or did. Here’s the shortlist:

1. Use us!
2. We support Intellectual Freedom
3. Be respectful of our library patrons
4. Pay your fines
5. Return your items on time
6. Tell us what you like
7. If possible, check out all materials at once from the circulation desk
8. Please listen to us the first (or even second) time we say something
9. Practice good hygiene
10. Let your librarian know what materials you’d like to see on the shelf
11. The library has almost as many DVD’s as your local video store
12. Hang up your cell phone when you come to the reference desk (or circulation desk)
13. Please be patient with us
14. We like it when you thank us
15. Please respect the desk barrier
16. Come to our programs!
17. Do not leave your child (or children) unattended- for their safety
18. Ask us what we read
19. Ask us for what you really want
20. Enough with the “sexy librarian” jokes

See the full article: Seattle Books Examiner: Top 20 things librarians in public libraries wish patrons knew or did

What would you add?

I’d like to add

21. If I’m sitting at the reference desk, please don’t talk to the back or side of my head, it is polite to stand in front of the person you’re addressing.

22. Be an empowered library user, we’d love to show you how to search the catalog, place holds and renew your books online or how you how to use one of our many online resources, just ask!


  1. I agree with everything except #20. I’m a huge fan of the “sexy librarian” jokes. They have a tendency to make my day ;-)


  2. The Library Vixen · ·

    This is one of my big ones:
    If you need my help fixing/doing something on the computer, please move aside a little bit so I can get to the machine without sticking my boob/armpit in your face.


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