Attention book lovers. Want to own a fading bit of America's pre-electronic library past? Well, your time has come.
The Maryville Public Library is currently accepting silent bids on numerous items that have been declared surplus property.
Among the relics — perhaps artifacts is a better word — are six wooden card catalog cabinets, the kind used for decades to store 3-by-5-inch reference cards pawed through by thousands of library users in that distant age before databases and e-books.
"We've had interest in these card catalogs from not only locals but from individuals in Kansas and Chillicothe," said Library Director Stephanie Patterson. "People like them as living room decor, but they also have a very strong emotional attachment to these items.
This is a great way to own a piece of local history."
Other items up for bid include a signed original watercolor by nationally-recognized artist Larry Greenwalt, a sleeper sofa, old projectors, a framed Harry Potter poster, spinning book racks, and a 65-volume set of bound National Geographic magazines dated between 1917-1951.
Bid sheets are available at the library and can also be printed out from library’s homepage at www.maryvillepubliclibrary.lib.mo.us.
A photo of the card catalog cabinets with identifying numbers is available on the library’s Facebook page.
Bid sheets can be mailed in, but those doing so should note on the envelope that the letter contains a sealed bid for public property.
All bids, whether submitted in person or by mail, must be received by library staff by Monday, Sept. 30. Bids will be opened October 1, and successful buyers will be notified that week.
All auctioned items must be paid for and picked up by 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.