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    Library Courtesy Notice

    What does "Library Courtesy Notice" mean?

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    Re: Library Courtesy Notice

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does "Library Courtesy Notice" mean?
    Where did you see this? I imagine it would be a notice posted on a library wall or bulletin board which sets forth courtesy guidelines for library users (e.g., speak softly, do not use cell phones, limit computer time to 1\2 hour, etc.)

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    Re: Library Courtesy Notice

    I get them when the books I've checked our are almost due.

    As a courtesy - a polite favor - they are notifying me (letting me know) about something.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Library Courtesy Notice

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Where did you see this? I imagine it would be a notice posted on a library wall or bulletin board which sets forth courtesy guidelines for library users (e.g., speak softly, do not use cell phones, limit computer time to 1\2 hour, etc.)
    I saw it in my email.
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    NTU Library Courtesy Notice

    The item(s) listed below will shortly be due. Please renew or return it/them to the library on time. Thank you for your cooperation.

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    I didn't understand why it used the word courtesy in the notice.
    But now I know. Thank you both for your replies.

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    Re: Library Courtesy Notice

    They have no obligation to remind you to return your library books (or whatever was loaned) before the due date.

    They remind you as a courtesy (a nicety), to remind you to behave in a good way. This allows you to return the book so the next person waiting in line can have the book.

    It is a courtesy because the library could just wait until you were in violation of their rules, and then send you a notice.

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    Re: Library Courtesy Notice

    I can understand you finding it strange. You'd probably expect "a courtesy notice" to be a notice about courtesy. But it's not. It's actually a courteous notice.
    If you stay at a high-class hotel, they might offer a "courtesy bus" to the airport at the end of your stay. (They aren't obliged to; they do it out of courtesy).

    There are probably other common phrases which use a noun as an adjective in this way, where you might expect the adjective.
    Can anyone think of any?

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