Librarians cannot tell if the books in your hands are overdue.
We don’t even know if they’re checked out.
We can’t smell an overdue book and there is not special sixth library sense.
It’s up to you, the patron, to be on top of your game and know when your ish is due. We see too many people every day to stop and think, “You know, I haven’t seen Tom here in weeks! His book must be overdue. Tisk.”
Nope. Heck, we won’t even get mad at you if you come up and say, “Hey, I’ve got some late fees.” We appreciate it when you are honest and pay them. It’s when you argue with us that we have a problem.
In fact, librarians are pretty cool people after all.
This is true. However we wonder if we haven’t seen our regulars for a while, but we wonder if they are okay, not if their books are overdue. We don’t have a sixth sense about late books, but I do seem to have a sixth sense if a book is on a shelf and shouldn’t be there due to it belonging to another borough’s library service!