Welcome to the Galway Chess (Virtual) Book Library

Introduction

The Galway Chess (Virtual) Book Library is a place to connect up players living in the Galway area who would like to borrow chess books with other players who are willing to lend chess books on the basis that they will get them back in the same condition. All books in the library are physically stored on the lender's bookshelf - this library is only for making it easier to request a book and to track book lending. If you are not living in the Galway area or are not in Galway regularly, it doesn't make sense to sign up since the borrower and lender need to meet to handover the books.

If you want to want to borrow any of the books in the library, first of all you must register and login. Then you can request a book from the list below.

If you are willing to lend books to the library, first of all you must register and login. Then just click on your book list to start adding books to the library.

Hope you get some use out of this library. If you've any comments or requests for more features, please send feedback. Thank you.

How can I borrow a book?

When you login to the virtual library, you will be presented with a list of books in the library. On the right of each book listing, there will be a "Request Book" button. When you click that button, an email will get sent to the owner of the book telling them that you have requested a loan of the book. The owner will get in touch with you to arrange the physical handover of the book.

What are the conditions of the loan

These books are placed in the virtual library by their owners on the understanding that any books borrowed will be treated with respect. All books are expected back on time and in the same condition as they are lent. Lending is done on an honour basis - if you lose a book or spill coffee over it or make it unreadable/unuseable in any way, you will be expected to acquire another copy to return to the owner.

How long can I keep the book?

The default is 2 months. At the end of the 2 months, you will get weekly reminders from the Chess Library to say that the book is overdue. You should then contact the owner to either return the book or request a loan extension. You should take into account that the owner's usual concern is that the book is being used and not forgotten about so if you are actually getting value from the book, they should be no problem in extending the loan. The exception may be when someone else has requested the same book but we'll have to work that one out when/if it happens.

Why would I lend a book to the library?

If you're like many chess players, you'll have more chess books on your bookshelf than you are reading right now - or plan to read in the next year! There's lots of players out there, young and old, who might appreciate the chance to borrow one of those books and actually read it. This library tracks loans so you know who the book has gone to and when it's due back (the default is a 2 month loan). When the due date arrives, the person who has borrowed the book will start getting regular automatic reminders to return the book - so you don't have to badger them. The loan can also be extended by you for as long as you both agree. If you think this is a good idea, join us in donating a book for use by players in the local area.

How can I lend a book?

When you register register on the site, mark yourself as a book owner. When you are logged in, then just click on your book list to start adding books to the library. Just enter the title of the book, the surname of the author(s) and select a book type, Then click add. Your book is now on the list of books available for loan.

If you originally registered as a borrower, you can edit your profile and become a lender at any stage.

How can I be sure I'll get my book back?

Anyone who wants to borrow a book must sign up by giving their email and contact number. I envisage that most people signing up will be known to someone in one of the chess clubs in county Galway so that a book loan can be made in confidence of getting it back. After the 2 month loan period is up, the person who has the book will get automatic weekly email reminders to return it so you don't have to hassle anyone yourself. A condition of loan is that if the borrower loses a book or spills coffee over it or make it unreadable/unuseable in any way, they will be expected to acquire another copy to return to the owner.

Can I lend out my books for a shorter/longer time than the default 2 months?

Yes - this will be added shortly. You will be able to modify the return date at any stage (eg if extending the loan).