When you borrow a book from someone, it’s highly unmannerly to treat a person’s property as a coaster, doorstop, placemat, note pad, or anything else other than, well, a book!
Let’s turn the page to my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips on proper book borrowing etiquette:
Tip #1 – Books Are Not Plates
I have no idea why people think it’s acceptable to use books as serving platters. Sometimes, I can literally spot the different types of food stains to a point where I could create my own food pyramid. Before lending a book, let the borrower know how much you care about it and to please to not read it during Taco Tuesdays.
Tip #2 – Borrowing Does NOT Mean GIVING
I recommend inquiring about when you expect to get the book back. Don’t think of this as a burden on the person or a way to rush them – not all of us read at the same speed. Don’t be too harsh with this (assigning a fee is not the way to go) but do just ask.
Tip #3 – It’s Not a College Text Book
The margins in books are designed for aesthetics and framing, not as a space for your personal journal. Unless you tell the person ahead of time that you do this and they can as well, it’s fine. But if you did not scuff up your book, neither should they.