In my current town, the public library only allows one renewal of books, which means you can keep books checked out for a total of six weeks. I was recently expressing annoyance about this (the two previous public libraries I have used allowed two renewals, for a total of nine weeks), and A. pointed out that it really shouldn’t take you more than six weeks to read a book. That is a good point, but I think the issue is my style of using a library. I don’t usually go to the library and just check out one book, read it, return it, and then check out another one. Rather, I’ll go to the library and check out a whole bunch of books at once that look interesting to me at that time, and start reading through them. I may not end up being interested in all the books I checked out, but it is still likely that it could take me more than six weeks to get through the ones I am interested in. I’m not entirely sure why I do things this way. I guess partly because I enjoy browsing, and partly because I don’t necessarily know at the moment I’m in the library which book I will feel most like reading first, so I want to keep my options open. When multiple books appeal to me while I’m at the library, I want to get all of them. I suppose the six week limit is fair enough, though – why should I get to keep books sitting around on my shelf when there may be other people who want to read them? So I will just have to be careful not to check out more than I can read in six weeks.