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Inquiring minds: Looking for a copy of Sir Walter Scott’s “Waverley”
Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.
Q. I am looking for a copy of Sir Walter Scott’s “Waverley” and I can’t seem to find it in the Ramsey County Library system. What do you suggest?
A. Although we can certainly borrow a copy of a classic novel like “Waverley” for you from another library system through Interlibrary Loan, there is another possibility. If you need the book immediately, you might also consider looking for it on the Internet. Many, many well-known novels from the 19th century and before can be found online for free. Because these books are no longer covered by copyright, there are no restrictions against posting them or downloading them to your computer or e-reader. One of the oldest and most complete sites for free downloads is Project Gutenberg at www.gutenberg.org Project Gutenberg offers over 43,000 titles in the public domain, including a nice illustrated edition of “Waverley,” originally published in 1893.
Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.