My Library Doppelganger

My library doppelganger SHER C often reserves books I want to read, have read or need to read. Here’s a book that my doppelganger reserved that I need to read! Don’t worry. I left it on the shelf or him or her. I just reserved my own copy.

When you order a book online from the Johnson County (Kansas) Library, you can pick it up on the shelf at the branch you choose. A shortened version of your name will be on the spine. My name is SHER C.  There’s another SHER C, whose reserved book choices are often so similar to mine.  I call him/her my library #doppelgänger.

My library doppelgänger SHER C often reserves books I want to read, have read or need to read. Here’s one I need to read!

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.
In this case, the other SHER C is also my library angel. If anyone struggles with decluttering, it’s me! I’m practically a hoarder!
 The word doppelgänger is from the German Doppelgänger, a compound noun formed by combining the two nouns Doppel (double) and Gänger (walker or goer).

The Library Angel is a phenomenon described by Arthur Koestler in which information (typically in libraries) becomes accessible through chance or coincidence rather than through the use of a cataloguing system.

The Library Angel can be regarded as a form of synchronicity. Bernard Beitman, who conducted research in coincidence studies, found that 18% of his respondents had acquired information in an unexpected way.

Arthur Koestler coined the term library angel for frequently experienced meaningful coincidences in which the right book or reference suddenly presents itself at a moment of need.


Library Angel

Marie Kondo Website


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5 responses to “My Library Doppelganger

  1. I was fascinated by the term Library Angel. This was the first time that I have heard of the term, but I immediately related to the idea of meaningful coincidences in which the right book or reference suddenly presents itself at the precise moment it is needed. An excellent post, as always!

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    • Thank you, Clanmother! I do love coincidences. When I am thinking about an arcane or unusual topic, I get so tickled when I immediately find a book about it on a table in a book store or it’s among the the featured books in a library display, or in an article in a magazine and newspaper. My favorite was when I had a discussion with my brother in law about the Homestake Mine deep pit in Lead, South Dakota, in the Black Hills. My brother in law (he’ll never read this, ha, ha) said he couldn’t believe that there was such a pit, surely it would have been filled in. My husband and I had seen the pit on a recent trip to the Black Hills (in the 1980s). The next morning in our local newspaper there was an article and photo of this huge pit, which I called to tell my brother in law to read! Then he claimed he never doubted me 😉

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      • And he will never, ever doubt you again. Thank you for the introduction to Arthur Koestler. I have been reading up on him ever since I read your post. Now, I’m thinking that there will be a coincidence coming soon. Enjoy our conversations! Have a great day.

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  2. It might be a future version of yourself, for all you know. I like this term. It’s happened to me quite often.

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