Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI). His specialization is in St. Thomas Aquinas.

Please patronize your Law School’s Library

Here at Marquette University we faculty enjoy generous borrowing privileges at our two Libraries. Faculty are allowed to check out books for a year at a time, and renewing them is a snap. A while back I received an e-mail reminder from our Law School’s Library that I have a book checked-out that needed renewing. Alas, I left that e-mail in my Inbox, figuring that I’d be able to get to this “to-do” today, the day after Marquette’s graduation and for me the first day of “now-I-can-get-my-life-back-in-order.” But this morning I turned on my computer, fired up Outlook, and received another e-mail from the Law School Library, not another reminder, but this time an invoice indicating that I’m being charged for the book I had hitherto needed to renew! Oh, and the story doesn’t end there—take a look:

— Law Library Billing Notice For Non-Law Faculty/Staff — You are now being charged for the following material that has not been returned or renewed. All Library privileges have been suspended until this amount is paid. Direct any questions to the Circulation Desk.

Inv #101467 REPLACEMENT FOR AUTHOR: Evans, G. R. TITLE: Law and theology in the Middle Ages LOCATION: LAW LIBRARY CALL NO: BX1935 .E83 2002 c.3 BARCODE: 35039018519725 DATE CHECKED OUT: 08–01–05 11:49AM DATE DUE: 05–11–07

ITEM CHARGE: $390,190.72 PROCESSING FEE: $0.00 BILLING FEE: $15.00 TOTAL: $390,205.72

You read that correctly; the Law Library has charged me $390,205.72.

Gee, guys, couldn’t you have at least waived the Billing Fee? I should probably get this taken care of...

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