Like Phoebe, I am not pleased with the extremely user un-friendly libraries at school. There are too many of them, with too many varying hours of operation, too little decent study space, too brief loan periods, too much air-conditioning, too many restrictions on what you can bring in and out, and--worst of all--the strip searches on exit.* When I asked someone here why demagnetizing the books and passing them through those metal-detector things like we did at Chicago is insufficient, I was informed that it was "because Harvard students are smart enough to find other ways to steal the books." Wow. Isn't that kind of like saying, "We're so smart we practically need to be handcuffed to a lamp post for life in order to follow simple rules"?
I have been repeatedly told that this is the best library system in America, possibly in the world, the universe--whatever. Maybe so, but as a person who only requires the use of a tiny sliver of its resources--notably the most widely held ones at all academic libraries--I would easily trade these vast holdings with all their stringent rules and bans on food, drink, cell phones, head phones, pointy things, crunchy things, living things, etc. for the convenience and functionality of the Reg. The rest I can get through Interlibrary Loan.
In this spirit, I am right now illegally eating a vast bowl of Chipotle right near the sacred texts near which food cannot be brought. And it feels pretty good.
*It has been brought to my attention that not all the libraries perform these searches, and I have tried studying at the others, but they rarely have the books I need.