DECADES AGO, when libraries first added music to books, borrowers would take out vinyl records. When CDs came into being, the records found their way into thrift and charity shops.
Now, in tandem with vinyl’s revival, 33s have found their way back onto the shelves of council-funded libraries. Well, one at least, but I am sure others will soon follow. That library is Wellington Central, which has always been attuned to the boutique tastes to its trend-seeking clientele.
Today, as I previewed in a recent post, vinyl is back on the shelf …
An interesting selection I am sure you will agree. At the moment there’s only about 300 records to choose from, but more will likely be added.
They have also felt the need to include a helpful stickered request for users. Alas, given the multitude of oafs who return CDs with an array of scratches, I fear this may be a tad too ambitious …
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I AM TERRIBLY excited to tell you all that the Wellington Central Library is to stock vinyl again from next month. Yes, it fucking is!!!
I saw the music chaps a couple of months ago sizing up the area and couldn’t quite believe my eyes: vinyl being loaned out at libraries once again? After 15 years away?!
This truly shows that vinyl is now THE main form of listening to music.
I do harbour some doubts though: given the condition some oafsome oiks leave a CD in after hiring it, I’m feaful of what condition the records will be when they are returned. I am confident that most people who take the records out are considerate and will treat them as they would their own. But it only takes a few selfish eejits to spoil it for the majority.
Wellington Libraries’ music man, Monty Masseurs (stop it, he is not a porn star) has gone out to Slow Boat records to carefully chose a good few hundred items for sensible folk to borrow.
See some of them in this promo clip the library has done itself:
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