Snarky letter in today's NYTimes, Letter – How to Find a Book
To the Editor:
Re “A Library to Last Forever” (Op-Ed, Oct. 9):
Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, writes, “Today, if you want to access a typical out-of-print book, you have only one choice — fly to one of a handful of leading libraries in the country and hope to find it in the stacks.”
Fly??? I’m pretty sure I can e-mail a reference librarian and ask her to check holdings before I do anything so drastic as fly. Hasn’t this guy ever heard of the Internet?
Danbury, Conn., Oct. 9, 2009
Not to mention this major civilization advance known as “inter-library loan” — a service provided not only by university libraries but even by better public libraries.