General question for the librarians, because I want to make sure I wasn't horribly off base.
I was living in the dorms in college. I had a student ID showing I was a valid student, I had various pieces of mail from my parents sent to me at the address at the dorms. I went into a local library (right across the street from the dorms and college) and asked to get a library card. I was told by the woman working the desk that without a valid local address, I wouldn't be able to. Okay, I went to get some mail with my address, had my student ID (photo ID) and my driver's license. I was then told that to have proof of a local address, I'd need some sort of utilities bill with my name and address on it.
Is this common? I didn't have any utilities (parents paid cell phone, no bills came to me at the dorms) and apparently the rent agreement at the dorms and the Student ID showing that I was enrolled as a full time student weren't acceptable.
The weird part is when I came back home and needed to get a new account at the local library at my hometown, I had my DL ready, as well as a cell phone bill, but they didn't even ask to see proof of residency. They just asked what my address was. Admittedly, I had an account there from way back when, and they may have looked that up and reactivated it, but it was just such a complete difference from college town to hometown.