Gifts for the Frustrated Librarian

Gifts for the Frustrated Librarian

Have you ever loaned a book and known you’d never see it again?

Or perhaps you won’t part with a single book and want each and every one of your wordy beauties cataloged for posterity?

If your inner librarian is whispering oh yes to these questions, here a trio of gifts that will delight any self-respecting bookworm.

If you (or a friend), believes books are there to be shared, then the perfect Christmas gift has to be a Personal Lending Kit.

The nifty date stamp and ink pad, adhesive pockets, 20 checkout cards and mini pencil will release the most frustrated of inner librarians.

We’re not sure if this kit will actually bring your books back to you on time, but you’ll have the joy of wielding a date stamp and filing cards, and you can order refills to keep your library fun going. The best part: you’ll have proof that the book you’ve lost is NOT lost, it’s somewhere in your friend’s apartment.

If lending doesn’t appeal, cataloging software might be the gift you are seeking.

With site memberships on LibraryThing or software like Collectorz, your bookish friend can enter every book they own via an ISBN or barcode to create their personal catalogue. LibraryThing is social and allows the user to share information, and most software will store cover images and any extra details relating to the selected imprint.

Last, but certainly not least, is a personalized Library Embosser. This has to be the ultimate gift for the weekend librarian who has everything.

There are two types of embossers; ink stamp and pressed paper. We prefer the old-world elegance of pressed paper. Imagine running your finger over your very own embossed initials in all of your carefully cataloged books!

Leave us a comment if these are the kind of gifts that get the blood rushing to your head.

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KM Steele holds a PhD from Macquarie University and has academic and creative work published in various journals and online, including ABR, Skive, Australian ejournal of Theology, Colloquy, Transnational Literature, Ripples and Antipodes.