There should be one, shouldn’t there? Well, I’m assuming there isn’t one since I don’t think I’ve heard of one, so pardon my ignorance if there is!
Anyway, I’ve come up with my own rough draft of the etiquette.
When it comes to lending books…
1. the owner is responsible to choose trustworthy borrowers, who will care for the borrowed books and return them in time and in the condition it was borrowed in.
2. the owner should keep track of the borrowed book and take required action to get it back from the borrower as soonas possible.
When it comes to borrowing books…
1. the borrower should be committed to reading the borrowed book; otherwise, what’s the point of borrowing a book you don’t intend to read?
2. the borrower should be responsible for the care of the book. He should care for it better than he would care his own books, as this book does not belong to him. (This means do not open the book till the spine is creased, if it’s still in pristine condition! My bookish pet peeve, grrr.)
3. the borrower should read the book as quickly as possible, so as to be able to return the book as soon as possible to the rightful owner. This also prevents the borrower from being responsible any longer than he should be.
4. the borrower should be polite enough to inform the lender an estimate date he will return the book, and apologise if he returns it later than expected.
5. the borrower should show appreciation for having the book loaned to him, as it is not just a generous gesture intended for the borrower’s literature benefit , but also a show of trust for the lender towards the borrower.
Anything else you’d like to see added in the code of etiquette, readers? 🙂