When it comes to saving money, you can’t get better than free. Libraries have come a long way from the days of only borrowing books. Modern libraries have so many different departments and amenities for their current patrons. Here are 15 things you can get for free at the library.
#1. You can borrow newly published books.
Most libraries get in the newest released published books. You can save lots of money borrowing the new books, that you are looking forward to reading, instead of buying them. You can, usually, reserve books books ahead of time. That way you will be sure to get the book you want, as soon as it’s available.
#2. You can also borrow downloaded ebooks.
What can be easier than borrowing and downloading ebooks to your tablet or e-reader. This is a great way to borrow books because they just expire when your loan period is done. You don’t have to worry about
#3. You can borrow audio books, as well.
Audio books are great to listen while driving or just wanting to relax. You can borrow and download the audio books to your tablet or e-reader, as well.
#4. You can use the computers and internet or free Wi-Fi.
If you don’t have a computer or internet at home the library can be a great place to use a computer and internet for free. If you have a tablet or laptop you can use the free Wi-Fi to get online.
#5. You can borrow music CD’s.
Another great free perk is being able to borrow music CD’s. Whether you like the newest music or appreciate vintage classics you can find a good variety at your library. You can save lots of money borrowing the music CD’s you want to listen to.
#6. You can get the local newspaper or national newspapers.
You can get the local newspaper or even catch up on national news. You can sit and relax in a quiet place and read the newspaper for as long as you want.
#7. You can borrow magazines for free.
Another way to save money is by borrowing your favorite magazines and pass on the expensive subscription prices. That way you can read the articles that you want and not have magazines piling up in your home.
#8. You can borrow computer software.
Borrowing the computer software you need or want is an awesome freebie from your local library. Your kids will enjoy borrowing the computer games they want to play for free, as well.
#9. Your kids can listen to storytelling.
A great place to bring your kids is to the storytelling time. Kids enjoy going to the library borrowing books and listening to the fun storytelling.
#10. There are usually free programs for your kids to participate in and get prizes.
It’s really great to get your kids involved in the community, and give them goals to reach for over the summer. The summer reading program, at your library, is an excellent way to get your kids reading and excited about the prizes. Most libraries even have a party at the end of the summer season for the participants.
#11. You can usually sign your kids up for free craft time.
Another great program for your kids is , usually, some type of craft time. Kids can work on any of the available crafts and make their own creations for free. You may have to sign up ahead of time, so they will know how many craft projects they need to provide.
#12. You can watch movies for free at family video night.
Most libraries offer free movie nights for families. It’s an excellent way to get the kids out of the house and do something together as a family. Also, a way for your kids to socialize with other kids.
#13. You can get free job preparation.
A service most libraries offer is access to free job preparation. Whether you are looking for a study guide for a test you need to take to get a license to work in your choice of profession, or help writing a resume. Your library has many different options available to help you prepare for your next job.
#14. You can search you family history for free.
You can also use the library to search for your family history online. The library can give you access to services like ancestry.com to help you in your search for free.
#15. You can borrow a culture pass to visit local museums for free.
Some libraries, especially in big cities, offer a culture pass you can borrow to visit museums for free. This can save lots of money and allow you to take your kids on family outings for free. Going to the local museums is an amazing way for your kids to learn new things and explore new environments.
Keep in mind that every library has different perks and freebies. To find out if your local library has what you’re looking for, call or check online. You may be surprised to find out that your local library has a freebie not offered anywhere else.