View Full Version : Manga in the public libary?!

Dr. Makoti Jean
09-16-2002, 12:26 PM
Yep that how I reacted when I saw a manga called "Harlem Beat" on one of the shelves. I was searching all around to see if there was more but couldn't find any and I didn't wanted to check out HB because it was the fifth volume. -_- *sigh* So anyway is there any manga in your local libary?

09-16-2002, 12:32 PM
I never checked but I don't see what is surprising. They have lots of comics (bande dessinées) in the Library back home... so it's not a big leap to manga... although I doubt we'll see "Bastard" there any time soon, I wouldn't bet against Sailor Moon in the adolescent section.

Dr. Makoti Jean
09-16-2002, 12:53 PM
I thought it was suprising. I love going to the libary to read the young adult novels and books that'll help people with city wide exams. I just never thought of the idea of putting comics in the libary.

09-16-2002, 01:15 PM
Heh, I doubt that there's some mangas in my library, most people don't know what they are. I only go in the library if I have to. I hate reading...books.

09-16-2002, 01:18 PM
> most people don't know what they are.

I guess the French are more used to seeing lots of comics in their libraries (the hardbound Tintin type) so for us it's natural to have some manga. ^___^

I seriously don't know anyone my age who does not know what a Japanese comic is.

Kenshin Ken
09-16-2002, 04:57 PM
hmm, well the public libaries here in San Francisco have some manga, say alotta Ranma1/2 and some other old series. Plus they have anime to check out as well. the selction is poor, but it's not bad... what concerned me a bit is that I saw Kazuniya (sp?) to check out at the library one time..O-o;... yaoi in a library???

09-16-2002, 05:41 PM
My local library has Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, Usagi Yojimbo, Mai, Naussica, MKR, and another library has Inuyasha, surprisingly.

Shadow Lady
09-16-2002, 11:09 PM
My old Library had one manga. Black Jack volume one. I was very surprised.
A new library was just built so I plan on checking it out sometime. This new library is about five times bigger than my old one so I might find something.:)

09-16-2002, 11:50 PM
My old library had Ghost in the Shell, and thats really all they had.

09-17-2002, 12:38 AM
I'm now inspired to check out my local library, even though they supposedly hate the college students. *grumble* Still, Tokyopop has a firm grip on my wallet. *huggles her Paradise Kiss & Chobits, then runs to her friend's room to huggle her Angelic Layer*

09-17-2002, 01:48 AM
Whats a library?

09-17-2002, 08:37 AM
LOL @ Foxwolfe - hence your sig pic? X3 (J/K)

09-18-2002, 02:34 AM
Heh ok so I have been to a library somewhat recently, but it was just for mechanical reference material, and I of course, didnt find what I was looking for.

Im to lazy to check out stuff at a library if I were to find mine had manga anyway.

09-25-2002, 02:11 PM
There's a good load at my town library. ^_^ I'm hopefully going there this weekend. :D

09-25-2002, 09:02 PM
our central Library has tons of Manga in the "international section" but none of it is translated --_--"

Ranma Saotome
09-25-2002, 10:31 PM
If my library has manga in it... I know it's end of the world.

09-25-2002, 11:20 PM
I haven't checked recently, but I think I have to second Ranma. Decided sign of the apocalypse. Though, my dad says that they have Akira and Metropolis now in the video section . . . oO;;; (I know I should be happy, but I find it so weird!)

09-25-2002, 11:56 PM
whaaa?!?!?! your library has anime?!?!

hmmm...never really thought about that. maybe mine does. i must go check.

09-26-2002, 12:05 PM
I actually have a library card, which Ive had for some years now, and never used it once, go me.

09-29-2002, 11:13 PM
Let me address this as a professional librarian...

It is in no way "the end of the world" if a library has something you want! It all depends on your library's acquisitions policy.. if you don't see something you want on the shelf, always ask if the library will buy it! Librarians WANT to put things on the shelves that people want to read (I swear), and if they see interest in manga, they'll start to buy some for the collections.

I work in an academic law library, so we don't have any (though we do for some reason have a copy of "Neuromancer") but I'm aware of more and more public libraries, including my hometown library, adding manga (translated or not) to their collections.

09-30-2002, 12:01 AM
Well . . . I still think my library is evil . . . it's an area in which many evil people live . . . but I'll try the next time I'm out there, suggesting it. The How to Draw Manga books, I'm sure people would check those out if they had it, maybe I should suggest some of the academic writing on the subject as well . . .

Cyber Wolf
09-30-2002, 07:23 PM
Hey my mom's a librarian ^^

Originally posted by Ranma Saotome
If my library has manga in it... I know it's end of the world.

That's so true though. My mom brought and Ah My Goddess and Blade of the Immortal manga home and I stared at it and was like "How did you get this?!? O_O;;;;" It's great that they have it an' all, but still a little weird.

09-30-2002, 08:06 PM
*nods* I'm a library page and I love it when I come across manga. Just last week I came across "Call Me Princess" and immediatly went on break to go read it. Glad I didn't buy it, now. We have sooo many manga and comic books on the shelves it's not even funny.... and more and more come in all the time.

It was hilarious when I discovered the manga in our library. I was organizing by author and nearly dropped what I was doing when I realized the author's name was Japanese.. and then had a hissy fit once I'd opened the thing up. ^_^

09-30-2002, 08:53 PM
Yah, over in the graphic novel section. Though it was Sailor Moon, but what better type of manga. ^.~

10-02-2002, 05:20 PM
I just found Battle Angel Alita! *huggles library*