- Dangerous Laughter by Stephen Millhauser (3 months and counting)
- A Mercy by Toni Morrison (about a month)
- The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher (3 weeks)
- The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (about 2 months)
If I'm waiting three months for Millhauser's Dangerous Laughter, imagine what the wait time is for Stephanie Meyer's Twilight.
The Dallas Public Library has started a new program to combat long waitlists: StreetSmart Express. A large number of copies of popular books and DVDs are available for check-out for $5 each. Items that are less in-demand remain free. As reported in the Dallas Morning News, library officials designed the program "to eliminate or shorten wait times for people who want to borrow popular titles rather than pay hefty retail costs." Since the launch of StreetSmart Express in October, library customers have spent $10,405 on 2,081 items. For their $5, StreetSmart users can keep books for three weeks and DVDs for one week, the same time allotted to free items.