Literally checking out records

Record collection at Grandview Heights Public LibraryPeople that think public libraries are only for books are missing out big time. Not that books are not awesome on their own, but it is exciting to hear that vinyl records are now available at a library in Columbus, Ohio. With the help of three area record stores, Grandview Heights Public Library now owns a small collection of 31 records. Taking note that vinyl sales have been growing, the library is experimenting with the initial collection and if demand becomes high, they plan on expanding it. Out of the 31 records, there are currently 21 checked out.

It is the first time in many years that the library has had records available. According to the library’s Web site, about 20 years ago, people were able to choose from thousands of records. It makes you wonder what happened to those records! Regardless, this is fantastic news. Just today I went to pick up some books and return a Nirvana CD at my local library in Los Angeles and thought, “If libraries are cool enough to carry Nirvana CDs, why can they not offer vinyl?”

The collection at Grandview Heights is not too diverse at the moment, but there are a lot of hip options, such as, Sufjan Stevens and The Clash, which will surely attract younger crowds. It sounds to me like some librarians need go raid the dollar bins at those Columbus record stores! For more information, read this article by or visit the Grandview Heights Web site.

Are there any libraries in your city that have vinyl records available? If not, but they did start offering them, would you actually go check some out? Discuss in the comment sections.

Follow the jump to see the list of 31 records available at Grandview Heights.

  1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
  3. The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  4. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  5. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
  6. The Beatles – Abbey Road
  7. The Black Keys – Brothers
  8. The Clash – London Calling
  9. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  10. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
  11. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  12. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
  13. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  14. Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You
  15. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
  16. Led Zeppelin – Mothership
  17. MGMT – Congratulations
  18. The National – High Violet
  19. Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island
  20. Joanna Newsom – Ys
  21. Pavement – Quarantine the Past
  22. Pearl Jam – Ten
  23. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  24. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
  25. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP
  26. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  27. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  28. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  29. Tom Waits – Mule Variations
  30. The White Stripes- White Blood Cells
  31. Wilco – Summer Teeth
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