A few weeks ago I was talking to one of the librarians at my local library and we chatted briefly about our mutual love for the library. We talked about how amazed we both were that not many people take advantage of the great benefits of the library.
This really got me thinking. Why don’t more people, especially bookworms, go to their libraries more often? After all, it’s FREE! Libraries have really expanded their services in recent years as well, offering loads of programs and incentives besides the normal borrowing a regular book.
Five reasons you should visit your local library on the regular:
- It’s free! Did I already mention that? Oh well, it’s worth repeating. Yes, you can accrue late fees if you don’t return your books on time. But they are nominal and much cheaper than actually buying your own copy of the book. Plus, most libraries nowadays have a drive up book drop so even if you can’t get there in time to return your books during business hours, you can still drop them off!
- This may be my favorite thing about the library actually, but did you know that you can put items on hold so they’re ready for you when you get there? For example, I knew months ago that I would want to read Elin Hilderbrand’s new release so I hopped on my libraries website and placed a hold on Here’s To Us. Generally, titles are added to the online catalogue months before they’re released, so if you plan ahead you could even be the first person to check the book out on its release date! When one of my holds becomes available I get a text and an email saying it’s ready to be picked up. My library also works with a network of other libraries, so if I request a book that they don’t carry, they’ll get it for me using an interlibrary loan.
- Overdrive is this fantastic app/website that many libraries use. It’s a way to borrow ebooks and audiobooks through the library. You do have to set up an account but it’s also free! The great thing about this is that once you have your library card linked to your Overdrive account you don’t have to actually visit your library branch again if you don’t want to. Books can be downloaded on any smartphone or ereader and there are virtually no late fees as titles are automatically returned when they’re due.
- Besides borrowing books, most libraries also let patrons borrow movies, CDs, and even Kindle’s. My library has several Kindle’s available that are each pre loaded with tons of books in different genres. For instance, if you’re a mystery/thriller fan such as myself you can borrow a Kindle full of great titles! The only downfall that I can see to this option is that you are liable to any damage to the Kindle while you have it. But as long as you’re careful everything should be great.
- Besides all things related to books and reading, libraries are full of fun events and programs. Most have story time for little kids and groups/book clubs for all ages from teen to adult. Mine has movies on Monday nights and again it’s free! Stuff like this will obviously vary but if you check your local branch about you may be pleasantly surprised.
Do you already visit your library? Did I miss anything about why they’re so great?