I use the library for everything. It’s true that I work in a public library, so I almost can’t help but use all of their many resources. Even on a day off, I might still sneak into my local library to use their printer or check out an item, and say “Hi” to the librarians there.
I am a voracious reader (fiction, non-fiction, children’s, teen, adult – you name it!) and can afford to follow wherever my curiosity leads me, because all the library books are free. When the Grammy nominations come in, and if I am not familiar with certain performers, I will request their music CD’s from the library. Speaking about “buzz”, there are so many clever cable and streaming TV series these days. I don’t have cable, nor do I subscribe to Netflix or a streaming service, so I depend on library DVD’s to keep me up to date. As a resident of Massachusetts I can get an ecard from the Boston Public Library, and use Kanopy to gain access to all the indie films or top-rated documentaries that might not come to the suburban theaters.
Massachusetts is a rich source of museums and other hotspots. But, as I’m not rich, I check out museum passes from the library to get in free or at reduced price so I can be as cultured as a Boston Brahmin.
Did I say hotspot? Yes, the library has WiFi hotspots that you can borrow, too! I found that invaluable when I was away at a place without internet service and had to remain in contact with the wider world.
As an experiment, I calculated the value of my library use from January 1, 2019 to April 11th using the I Love Libraries website calculator. Taking into account print, electronic, and audio/visual resources as well as computer usage, museum passes, databases, programs that I took advantage of, the grand total came out to… $1,775.80! Not a bad investment, considering I got my library card for free!
How much have you saved this year using the library?