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Benefits of Using your Library

Updated on November 10, 2010

Have you been to your library lately? Let me tell you there is a lot more to the library these days than just books. Yes, borrowing books is a great way to use your library, but there are so many other benefits than just that.

Libraries typically try to get new releases of books and DVD's. You can borrow that latest, greatest book or movie from the library. Have you checked out the prices to purchase a DVD ($20) or even rent a DVD ($5) lately? That can really add up. Borrowing movies from the library can save you lots of money each month. Escpecially if you have kids who want to watch new things all the time. You know, this week they are into Bob the Builder, but next week it is Little Einstein. Most people do not watch the same movie over and over again, so purchasing a movie is not the best option for many. The cheapest option is borrowing from the library.

I can hear you now, saying you don't have enough time to go dig through the shelves of your library looking for the exact movie or book that you are wanting. Use the internet! I do most of my library searching on the internet. My library is connected to most of the state and I can get just about anything I am interested in. On my library's website I can request anything and have it sent to any library I want. All I have to do is go by and pick it up. This takes no more than a few minutes and I have exactly what I need. I do think I am fortunate in that my library has a pick up window open certain hours of the day, so a lot of the time I don't even have to get out of my car, I just go through the drive through.

What about classes? The library offers so many classes for kids and adults. My kids have benefited from story time, science classes, arts and crafts times, and even cooking classes. For adults at my library they offer sewing, cooking, finance, and gardening classes. We are going to try our hand at organic gardening and this week my library is offering a class on beneficial insects in your garden. This is free, as are most classes offered at libraries. There are even book clubs at my library. These opportunities are a great way to get out and meet new people, learn new things, and have some fun - for free!

My library has become a great place for teenagers to hang out. It does help that they have a teen room. When school gets out, waves of children come through the doors to hang out together and do homework and study. They love it and it keeps them safe, doing something beneficial. There are even staff on-site to help younger children with homework.

How about music and magazines? The library has that too. I have requested many CD's from my library and have had good luck with them all. Most libraries carry a great selection of magazines for you to look at. I personally don't like the clutter and trash that magazine subscriptions create. And the subsrciptions generally cost money. I can read just about any magazine I want at the library for free. When I am done, someone else can benefit from that same magazine. Did you know you can also check magazines out from the library? I have been bringing home a few magazines each week about organic gardening and herbs. I can look at them as I please and not only are they free, there is a wealth of information and pictures in them. Generally you cannot borrow the latest copy of any magazine, but any of the back issues are up for grabs.

So have I convinced you yet? I hope so! Taking advantage of the many benefits your library offers is a win-win for everyone.

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      Reynolds_Writing 8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I just went to the library today for the first time in years. Lots of great stuff!

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      Jess 7 years ago

      Many people do not know that libraries aren't the dark dreary quiet places that they depict in movies. Today's libraries have new and improved technology. If you don't want to discuss books with the librarian, you can use a self check out machines in many libraries! If you want to check out a new release DVD you can do that self checkout as well these days!

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      Yaw1 7 years ago

      The library is the best place you can be on earth!

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      jacky 7 years ago

      should more informative

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      Ken 6 years ago

      You inspired me to write a blog entry about this!

      http://www.kenny.org/blog.html

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      NTIBAZIMANA Athanase 6 years ago

      I am interested to get more information from you and i am not able to pay for the service.

      IS is possible to get the service for free?

      kind regards

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      K Rajasekharan 6 years ago

      Library is the place where you meet the best minds in the world in the form of books.

      Now digital libraries have become popular in such a way that one need not go to the magnificent libraries as in the past.

      But for reading pleasure one cannot avoid books instead of e-books.

      Greenstone Digital Library Software is a free sotware for bilding up digital collections easily.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jennifer-just a FYI I love this hub and linked it to my hub: Back to the Library. Thanks!

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      Huntgoddess 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Jennifer, in the third paragraph from last, you say, " . . . staff on sight . . ." I think you mean "on site" or "on-site".

      Sight does not equal Site. They are two different words.

      Nice hub, though. I practically live at the library, so you're preaching to the choir here. But, lots of other folks probably need to be informed --- or reminded.

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      Mary 6 years ago

      Thanxs helped me with a project

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      Wendy S. Wilmoth 6 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks for the endorsement! :)

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      Truism 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      The library is a great escape!

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      discombobulated 5 years ago

      Great hub Jennifer, and jam-packed with such a wealth of information.

      I love libraries and could easily spend a whole day there completely unaware of the passage of time. My problem is I can't bear to borrow books in case I enjoy them. I know that may sound odd, but if I enjoy a book I must own it and then I end up paying for a book I've already read! So I just browse the main areas and then content myself with an hour or so in the reference section.

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      dablufox 5 years ago from Australia

      I think libraries are probably the most underutilized resource. Here in Australia you can do a search for a book or DVD and if its not in a library in your local area but is in another library on the other side of the city they will even ship the item to your local library and send you an email to let you know its available for you to borrow!

      And it costs nothing!

      I love scouting libraries for books on finance, web design, marketing, SEO stock market trading and investing and basically any topic that I deem valuable and usable in my money making adventures. You can even request your local library purchase a specific resource if it doesn't already have it!

      Most of the books I borrow from the library would probably cost be between $30- $70 to buy. And after I read them then what? Sell them on ebay for $8, that's insane!

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      celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You are fortunate. And you like to discover you through books.

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      aNnie 5 years ago

      ...itZ useful.. tnx..

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      ismail 5 years ago

      very nice

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      Huda 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this very well made persuasive essay it helped me and my friends a lot

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      kate 4 years ago

      wow thx

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      peter 4 years ago

      library is a place where we can discipline ourselves on academics pursuit and learn new thing through research.

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      Mehwish 4 years ago

      This is very useful for me .I THANKS A lot TO U .

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