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Loaning Your Collection?

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Do you like to loan albums from your collection to a family member, friend, neighbour, colleague or acquaintance? If you don't have physical albums, then do you like to share or loan the drive or device they are on (or whatever would be equivalent to physically loaning)?

How about books? Do you like loaning them?

I view my collection as a collection (we did the collection thread a while back). I don't like to loan out an album, just as I wouldn't like to loan out a stamp from a philatelic collection or a coin from a numismatic collection. It's a collection. Similarly with my personal library (I no longer have many books, since I use the internet and the public library, mostly, but I do have a small and specialized collection of primarily reference materials). I don't like to loan. It is a personal collection and not a lending library. I don't have the necessary infrastructure or funding to be able to keep track of check outs and check ins and due dates and replacement due to loss or abuse or wear and tear.

Nowadays, it is easy to refer someone to an online source for the item, so not liking to loan is not such a stigma as it once seemed, I think.

What do you think?
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One friend of mine has had a number of my rock CDs for a long time - some for about 10 years. I borrowed a stepladder from him and when he asked for it back I suggested to him that if he piled my CDs up and stood on top of them then he'd be able to reach higher still. We are both still waiting. :)
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