(This is not my library. I'm so sad.)
I have five different library cards:
- Smalltownville Library
- The Town In Which We Used to Live library
- Cute Historic Town Library
- Town With the Grocery Store Library
- Big City Library
Why? Because libraries really, really Work for Me! Here's why:
Free Books! This is obvious, but I think we tend to take this for granted. Think of it: An entire building filled with books that you are welcome to take home and read, for free! It's the perfect opportunity to try something new without worrying about the cost. I currently have about 50 books checked out of various libraries. Assuming the average book cost is $12, that's $600 worth of books sitting in my living room.
No Clutter! Sure, some books are worth owning. You'll read them over and over again, or they're reference books. Most books, however, are read once and then placed on a shelf to collect dust. Why not let the librarians do the dusting instead?
Any Book! If you can't find the book you're looking for, many libraries offer an Inter-Library Loan program. They'll find a library that has the book you want and will have it shipped to your local branch. Some libraries do this for free, while others charge a small fee. (My library will do it for $1 per book.)
Just Pick 'Em Up! I love this one! If your library has an online catalog, you may be able to reserve the books you want. The librarian will gather your books and have them waiting behind the circulation desk. This is such a timesaver! No more running all over the library with a scrap of paper filled with call numbers. It's especially awesome at my Big City library. It's actually a network of five or six libraries, and I can use the online system to reserve books from any of those branches. They'll deliver all the books to the central branch without charging me ILL fees.
(Oh, and two final tips: Keep all of your library books in one spot and mark the due dates on your calendar in red ink.)
(Library photo from Radioher's Flickr photostream.)
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