Thu, 9 Dec 1999 13:46:21 -0800

Robert J. Bradbury, <>, writes:
> The Univ. of Washington is also pretty open minded about using the
> libraries. I can walk into any of them and stay until closing.
> They won't let you check out books unless they get a letter from my
> company stating what I want to use the libraries for.

I pay $50 a year to be a "Friend of the UCSB Library" (University of California, Santa Barbara) and this gives me borrowing privileges. Shelves are open and they don't restrict access to them.

The one limitation is that I can't request books through inter-library loan, which is a pain because UCSB is not exactly the jewel of the UC system, and there are often volumes only available at other libraries. (Actually UCSB isn't that bad, it was ranked 44th in the U.S. in this year's U.S. News report.) It's also annoying when grad students and faculty take out books for many months at a time, making them unavailable for others.