License to Browse--Tupac, the PATRIOT Act and Me
Here's a tale from CounterPunch from a library user calling into question one library's series of invasive hoops needed to jump through, just to browse the catalog. She shares her paranoid fantasy about coming to the attention of John Ashcroft because of her catalog queries on behalf of daughter about the late Tupac Shakur, well-known anti-authoritarian and gansta.
"I complained a little about the fact that you can't even browse through the holdings of the (supposedly) public library if you don't have a library card. The librarian pointed out to me, in a way that said, 'I know you are a wack job, but I am a kind person and wish you no harm , but I am a kind person and wish you no harm,' that a library card costs nothing."