A scene from our living room:That basket is our library basket. It exists to keep the kids' library books corralled. They are allowed to take library books into their rooms, of course, but having a place where the books "belong" makes keeping up with them sooooo much easier. They are less likely to end up under beds, behind closet doors, or on the bookshelf in the family room. As a result, we save money by (most of the time) avoiding fines.
We also enjoy the books more often because they are visible. I keep the basket next to a cozy chair, and that invites us to read. Our library bag is in the photo, too. It lives near the basket, so that we can carry our books to and from the library with ease.
As summer approaches, we will be more frequent visitors to the library. Our basket and bag system works for me.