If you’re struggling to make ends meet, your library is actually a great way to save some extra money or fill in the gaps in your entertainment budget. You just have to know what’s out there and how to access it! Don’t believe me? Read on and see what I mean.
First, you’re probably aware that libraries have books. But that’s not the only thing you can borrow. Are you considering the purchase of an ereader but don’t know if you’ll like it? Some libraries have ereader programs where you can not just check out ebooks but you can borrow the reader, too. It is a great way to give it a try without the financial commitment. You also don’t need magazine or newspaper subscriptions – your library has those, too. Some even have digital copies, so you can read them online and you don’t even have to leave the house. All the convenience of a subscription and none of the out-of-pocket expenses! And if you’re not a big reader, you might be happy to know that most libraries offer music and dvds, too! Don’t rent movies, just come by and borrow one of ours!
And what if you’ve gone to your local library and didn’t see the book or movie that you wanted? Did you know that most libraries will even get books for you that they don’t have? That’s right, there’s a library exchange and you might be able to get a book you want to read from other libraries in the area! You order the material, and it will be delivered to your local library. All you have to do is pick it up when it arrives. Some libraries even have libraries-through-the-mail to reach those who don’t have the ability, either through illness or accessibility issues, to come to the library in person.
If you don’t use the internet all that often or it isn’t available where you live, you can come use the library’s internet for free – either through one of the free library computers that are available or through wifi. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather hang out at my local library or learning centre than at a crowded coffee house if I want to get some work done. Same goes for faxing, copying, and printing — some libraries even have 3D printing now. You can save a lot of money on ink, toner, and the cost of the machine by just doing it all at your library instead.
Lots of libraries, especially the larger ones, offer courses and story times. The services benefit the community and range from things like genealogy research to legal advice to learning other languages. Others have tutors, job resources, or online courses you can access for free. Imagine being able to learn coding from the comfort of your own home, on your own time, and for free!
Now that I’ve got you interested in all that you can do at your local library for free, or for a much smaller fee than you would pay on your own, I’m sure you’re motivated to go check out what your own library has to offer. Enjoy!