…Not my public library, of course. Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, of the blog Awful Library Books, are public librarians in Michigan. Sadly (and a bit unfairly, I might add), their blog is limited to public library books only, but they’re accepting submissions. If your library has its own awful library book, send it over to them.

Awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com is a collection of the worst of public library holdings. The items featured here are so old, obsolete, awful or just plain stupid that we are horrified that people might be actually checking these items out and depending on the information.

This blog contains actual public library holdings. No specific libraries or librarians are named to protect the guilty. Check your shelves, it could be you.

Awful books range from the hilariously out-of-date to the just-hilarious. Some of the posts address valid library management concerns. How can libraries weed books that are constantly checked out if the person in charge of weeding never gets their hands on them? This copy of Anne Frank’s diary is a great example.

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