This is so true, it's depressing. I really need to do some slicing and dicing in our reference collection and clear out all of the crap. We've got great books, but it's hard to see them for the dessicated corpses of the obsoletes.
I've been asked for all this and more...enough times that I've said "This is the library, not Office Depot. You need to bring your supplies with you." They looked crestfallen and vaguely wounded and I kinda felt like I'd kicked a puppy...one that had just crapped in my shoe though, so I got over it pretty quick. The kids around here probably get more in allowance than I do on payday!