O, you and your notions of Western modernity, superiority, creativity. I’m in Singapore and that America is in yesterday’s timezone is more than a metaphor. This is the book checkout system in Singapore at all the libraries. A credit card, National identification card, or just about any valid ID can get you some good reading, no library card required. Return is the same, drop book in slot, get a receipt. And do note the book we chose to borrow!