POLL: Should Libraries Loan 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

Gig Harbor Library has 10 copies in circulation and a very long waiting list.

Call it erotic fiction, call it bad writing, call it whatever you want. E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is undeniably a mega-bestseller. More than 10 million copies of the books have been sold so far. But not everyone wants to pay for their literary titillation. 

The New York Times wrote Tuesday that the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey has forced libraries around the country to take a look at their rules on erotica, and some librarians have banned the trilogy.

If the Pierce County Library System has rules to keep erotica off the shelves, the Fifty Shades franchise must not meet the definition. With three copies on order, currently has 7 copies in circulation and every one is checked out. At the , all four copies are checked out and two more are on order. Click here to find out when they're due back at the libraries.

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? What do you think - worth the hype? Is it suitable material for the local libraries' shelves?

Mary Acker May 23, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I haven't read it, and was just about to purchase a copy to download to my Kindle (why give up valuable bookshelf space?) when I read the Amazon reviews. The first one is far more entertaining than the book could ever be. Order canceled. Should the library order copies? If libraries based their orders solely on literary merit the shelves would be empty and circulation figures would fall. I really don't care one way or the other; PCL usually has what I want to read somewhere in their collection anyway.


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