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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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My experience is that a loan of a book, record, cd, or money is a gift. I have, on occasion, loaned small amounts of money ($10 or $20) to someone I never wanted to see again, and it has worked. Otherwise, whenever someone asks me for a loan nowadays, I ask myself if I want to give them the thing or the money as a gift. If I decide yes, then I give it to them, I tell them it's a gift, and that I don't want to hear it mentioned in the future, though they can "pay it forward" if they like.

About 20 years ago I loaned some money to a friend, who was then unable to pay it back. I told him the debt was forgiven and forgotten (there were circumstances beyond his control) but I never saw him again, which saddened me.

A few years ago a friend from the city I used to live in passed through the city I now live in, and asked for the loan of a CD set. I agreed, and she never returned them. It's not worth it to me to try to get them back. I don't even listen to CDs any more. It's all digital now.
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