Well, not quite.
The book rental store in my hometown had way more English-language books than the state library. You paid a couple of dollars for each book you wanted to rent, and got most of it back when you returned the books whenever you were done with them. It’s where I got all my Sweet Valley High, Danielle Steele, Mills and Boon, and R.L. Stine from.
The last book I rented was Wild Swans by Jung Chang when I was about 17. The person who had read it before me apparently used his dandruff as bookmarks. Huge pieces, too.
(via Hey Mister)