So I eventually managed to drag myself out of the house to go to the library and very nearly arrived too late. As such I only had about 20 minutes to do my thing. Since it'd been a number of years since I last used my card, I thought I'd just confirm it was still active. Unsurprisingly it wasn't, but what was surprising was the £2.40 fine!?!? I'm not entirely sure how that got there, I guess when I stopped going to the reading group, I didn't get around to taking the books back quite as promptly or something? But I can't see how I'd have gotten a fine without paying it back there and then? It matters little in
Anyway, the nice staff were very helpful and got the card reactivated and helped me look for some books on the topics I was looking for (Ancient Greek Religion for LARP research) and then left me to nose around on my own when we concluded that I was probably going to be out of luck. So I've ended up with some more general books and some of pagan stuff too.
Plus they've got self service check-outs now! They're pretty cool and easy to use.