Here are some of the many ways you can save by utilizing your library:
- Instead of purchasing books, borrow them instead. If your library does not carry the book you are looking for speak to a librarian to see if they have a way of obtaining the book you want. Most libraries can do what is called an inter library loan by which your library borrows a book from another library.
- Borrow DVD’s and CD’s. Most libraries carry a nice selection of movies and music which you can check out for loan for free.
- Catch up on your favorite magazines and newspapers by borrowing them from the library. Sometimes the newspapers are not available for check out, but you can still read them there at the library.
- Cut your internet bill by using the computers at the library. If you don’t have a computer at home or are considering the need to cut this bill from your budget you can still access the internet from your library. Most libraries have a time limit and waiting times can be long for heavy use times, but if you just want to pop online once in a while to do some research or check emails this can be a viable option.
- Print, copy and fax. Many libraries offer the use of printers, copiers and fax machines often for a nominal charge of 5-10 cents per page. This is usually cheaper than using a service like Kinkos.
- Learn something or just while away a few hours by taking advantage of the classes, art shows, lectures, story times (for children), book clubs and other activities offered at most libraries. To find out what is offered at your library just ask a librarian for a calendar of events or check online.
I am fortunate to live right behind the library and my children and I spend on average 5-10 hours a week at the library checking out books and movies and taking part in the free activities offered there. If you don’t know where your local library is check out publiclibraries.com