Building a Resource Library

It’s a good thing I like to read because part of my research for any project involves going through lots and lots of reading material. I try to purchase many of these resources to build my own library. For my ongoing research for early America, I have retained over 50 books. I probably have at least that many for some research I had to do for early New Mexico history.

I usually don’t have a huge budget to buy research books, so I have to be creative. Ebay is a wonderful source, but so are thrift stores, yard sales, and library book sales. I have found some wonderful big volume atlases and coffee table-type books for just a few dollars. One time I spent hours digging through a closing out sale at a bookstore warehouse where I discovered some wonderful historical books.

Of course not all of these books are in pristine condition. I can’t afford mint copies, so I have to settle sometimes for some worn issues for the older versions. But as long as I can read them clearly, I don’t mind. I’m looking for access to the information at this time. Perhaps later on I can afford some pricier and cleaner volumes.

Now if only I could figure out where I’m supposed to put all these books…

3 Responses

  1. Finding a place for our books can be a problem. I’ve been known to use the stack-them-on-the-floor “solution” (o;

    • I’ve used that, too, as well as inside our linen closet and on top of a big cabinet in our hallway. And I still need more space.

  2. Every time I go to the library, I go through the books that are on sale. I can get a bag of them for 12.00. You would be surprised how many I can stuff in that bag!!! 😀

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