…And so this post will serve to say that we’re okay with all of it, really! The Library would just be a big empty building without you! We’re glad you are here.
Some things you don’t need to apologize for are:
- I don’t have time to read
- I don’t like to read
- I haven’t been to the library in a long time
- I’m sorry to bother you…*
- I have fines.
- I can’t find…
*Especially this one. Do not feel sorry for talking to a library staff member! You are the reason we are here! We are glad to hear from you!
In fact, let’s nix needless apologies altogether (and yes, I’m speaking to women in particular). “Excuse me” can adequately replace 98% of the apologies you might make in a day. You’re perfectly entitled to use the coffee maker, exit an elevator, approach a colleague, or round a corner without saying “I’m sorry” to anybody. Trust me.