First of all, it was a bookstore, not a library. Those books are in there for people (or bipedal cats) to purchase, and to just sit in there reading them for free seems kind of douchey.
Second, you don’t have time to sit around and read all day. Your uncontrollable pyrokinetic powers have begun igniting things around you without rhyme or reason, the crippling nightmares that have plagued you since childhood have apparently started to communicate with you, and you are currently in the midsts of a poorly-conceived plan to break into an evil wizard’s lair to steal back and subsequently deliver a package in an attempt to prove your competence to the one person in the world who seems to believe in you despite your flaws – not to mention you don’t have any money for food, you don’t yet have anywhere to stay tonight, and you’re pretty sure if you try to sleep outside it will start raining again simply because that is the sort of thing that happens to you.
And third, you can’t just wander into a bookstore and blindly start reading books in hopes of learning something useful from it. There are dozens of different books in there, and reading even half of them would probably take you…
Well, a couple hours at most. You’re a pretty fast reader.
Your point about it being a total douche move still stands, though.
While the Arcane University would probably have an expansive library and maybe even wizards willing to help you against Sigrid, it’s also halfway across the country and, from what you’ve read about it, very selective about who may enter.
You admit that there is still a small, magic-loving part of you that wants to drop everything you’re doing and hike all the way there just to see what the place is actually like. However, given that your giddy mage-worship got you robbed yesterday, you’d rather not let it take you on an impromptu, unaccompanied, cross-country journey today. It’s probably best if you just stay in Kvatch and its surrounding countryside until Asotil returns to escort you back to Anvil.
Now that is true. You’ve gathered that there aren’t many professional mages in town besides Sigrid and her lackey, but even someone with a mild familiarity with magic might be able to help you get your powers under control or get past Sigrid’s charms. Or even have thoughts on these dreams, now that you think about it.
You check around for the Crazy Poison Lady who gave you that recharge yesterday, but it looks like she’s moved on. Maybe she found that mysterious person she was waiting for?
Next up is that cultist by the front gate. You know you’re trying to distance yourself from the whole “cults” thing, but he seemed like an okay guy – and someone who might have some magic background.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like he’s here right now either. The campfire is still there, but there’s nobody around other than-
It’s that guy.