City/Urban librarians should afford options for out of state patrons to get a library card and check out material, given that they have valid photo i.d. The library could limit them to 1-5 check out items and restrict their check out lengths to a week. In Las Vegas out of state patrons are limited to 5 items and are allowed to use the computers. Libraries should be doing all they can to circulate material and denying out of staters doesn’t help.
Today, I visited a Sacramento Public Library and was shut down in my attempts to get a library card. I can understand the fear of theft, hence the reason for a valid i.d. and saving a patron’s vital information- so they can never check out again and the theft can be reported to a billing agency. All out denial though doesn’t make sense, they allow out of staters computer time, but disable them from checking out material. Local residents are just as likely to steal and rack up fines, no ?