If you’re looking to save money, there is no better way to do it than by paying a visit to your local library.
That free library card you can get at the front desk is your ticket to all kinds of information and free entertainment.
If you haven’t been to visit your local library, you should:
10 Reasons to Visit Your Local Library
Yes, everyone knows that you can check out free books from the library. But the really frugal folks really know how to make the most out of their library’s collection. Whether you’re looking for free entertainment, or trying to learn a new skill, you will find a wide variety of books at your library to help you save money. And if you don’t find it your library, ask the librarian if they can order it for you.
No time to read? Or stuck in the car? Download audio books from your library to your iPod or MP3 player for free. In addition, many libraries now allow you to check out library books in electornic format to read on your computer, tablet, Kindle or Nook.
Libraries carry a vast array of interesting magazines (including ones you never find on the rack at the super market). I always find something that inspires me – and best of all – no magazine clutter (or those annoying subscription cards) around the house. In addition, some libraries are starting to offer home access to magazines on the internet through services like Zinio. You can enjoy some free reading from home with your library card and a couple of clicks of your mouse.
Movies and music
Classic films, children’s movies and a diverse collection of music are available for free check-out at your local library. Watching a classic movie for free is a fabulously frugal way to spend a Friday night.
Databases and other reference materials
Libraries have subscriptions to all kinds of cool databases – from Consumer Reports reviews to Chilton databases for car repairs. Need to find out something about a government entity or get tax help? You’ll find it at the library. Some databases are even accessible from home with your library card.
If you don’t have internet access at home, you can use your library card to get yourself a block of time on the internet at the library. It’s not much time, but it’s certainly enough to send e-mails to friends and family or do some research.
For those of you who just have to own books, watch for library book sales. Most libraries sell used books as a fundraiser. You can get some great reads for great prices, and you’re helping support your library.
Libraries offer a wide spectrum of free entertainment. From childrens’ activities like story time or craft time to book groups and special guest speakers, there is always something going on at the library. And the best part is that it’s all free!
Free museum passes
Some public libraries offer free passes to local museums and area attractions. We’ve saved hundreds of dollars on visits to places like historic train depots and aquariums by taking advantage of these free passes.
A free, quiet place to spend some time
We live about 30 miles from town, so when the kids are in various activities, it doesn’t make sense to drive back home after dropping them off, only to turn around and drive back to pick them up. Shopping and hanging out in coffee shops can get expensive. The library can provide you with a free, quiet place to kill some time while you’re waiting to pick up kids or before you head to the next activity.
If you are trying to save money, these are just some of the reasons you should visit your local library. You’ll find loads of free entertainment and a friendly staff just waiting to help you save money.