"In those days there was no money to buy books. I borrowed books from the rental library of Shakespeare and Company, which was the library and bookstore of Sylvia Beach at 12 rue de l'Ódeon. [...]
I was very shy when I first went into the bookshop and I did not have enough money on me to join the rental library. She told me I could pay the deposit any time I had money and made me out a card and said I could take as many books as I wished."
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). A Moveable Feast. London: Granada, 1984, p. 31 (It concerns the years 1921 to 1926 in Paris).