Today I bring a very special version (for librarians, anyway) of my vocabulary practice: library vocabulary.
Just before I left for Puerto Rico, I meandered over to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec/National Library and Archives of Québec again.
This time, instead of simply wandering, I had documentation in tow, so that I could sign up for my library card. The website, available in both English and French, has very clear lists on what documentation is and is not accepted. Passports are accepted as proof of identification, just an FYI. The sign up process was streamlined and efficient. The signage directs you to a specific line to sign up, and you are given a brief, personal orientation to the library. Information is provided on what materials are offered, what is expected of library users, etc. I believe all of the same information is on the website, but in person explanations are appreciated.
The library offers books, e-books (Bonjour Overdrive!), magazines, comics, bazillions of Manga books, language-learning materials, DVDs, CDs, etc. And of course, a place to use wi-fi and study without having to pay for more caffeine that I should not ingest.
While visiting, a spoke a mix of English and French, because I didn’t have much library-focused vocabulary at the time. I’m preparing for my subsequent returns by creating and reviewing this vocabulary list:
- the library card/subscriber’s card=la carte d’abonné
- to check out/to borrow=emprunter
- a loan=un prêt
- to renew=renouveler
- to reserve=réserver
- to return/to bring back=rapporter
- an overdue fine=une amende de retard
- a self-checkout station=un poste de prêt en libre-service
- a circulation desk=un comptoir de prêt
- an e-book=un livre numérique
- an audiobook=un livre sonore
- a software item=un logiciel
- a password=un mot de passe
- a new release/new item=un nouveauté
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL)= prêt entre bibliothèques
If anyone sees any errors in the vocab list, feel free to comment or let me know however you prefer. Not only for the benefit of the blog, but for my usage at the library!
Unfortunately for me, the library user guidelines specifically prohibit photography within the building (to respect privacy of visitors), but I took some photos of the outside to show you the architectural structure. (The inside is open, airy, light, and full of good places to set up shop).