While the library is a great place to check out books, of course, most libraries also offer many other money-saving programs and resources. Here are a few more ways to save at the library:
1. DVDs & CD’s
Many libraries offer free DVD rentals! Music CD’s are also available to check out from the library. So much money can be saved by checking out DVDs from the library over the years instead of renting or buying them!
2. Kid’s Toys
Kid’s play areas at the library often have puzzles or other toys that children can play with and are a great place to take your children on cold winter days. It doesn’t cost any money (and mom can bring some books home, too!).
Check your library to see what their audiobook collection is like. Many have a pretty extensive collection — and some even offer audiobooks you can download for a time period.
Many people don’t realize that most public libraries have eBooks available for checkout through their websites. All you have to do is log into your local library’s site using your library card, then follow the links for eBooks (often, there are also digital audio books available).
5. Local Attraction Memberships
Some libraries offer memberships to local attractions (zoos, museums, etc.) that you can “check out”. If your library offers this, it’s a great way to visit local attractions and have some family fun — without spending a dime!
6. Online Foreign Language Programs
Many public libraries across the country have a free program for learning a foreign language. It’s called Mango Languages. If you check their website, you can find out if your local library participates. You can find out if your library participates here.
7. Summer Reading Programs
Summer reading programs provide huge motivation for children to get in a lot of reading during the summer, and the rewards are amazing— things like free Kid’s meals, free miniature golf, a free smoothie at McDonald’s, free baseball game tickets, free ice skating passes, and more.
8. Online Classes
Check to see if your library offers free online classes through Universal Class. There are hundreds of classes to choose from out of there 42 areas of study. Some of those areas include: office skills, performing arts, parenting, homeschooling, do it yourself, gardening, cooking, computers, accounting and web development.
Some libraries loan out Kindles! They come pre-loaded with 15-20 titles. Libraries often use different themes including: New York Times Fiction & Non-Fiction Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Classics, Popular Fiction, Biography and more! This is a great way to test out a Kindle before you buy one.
Note: If you have a relatively small library that doesn’t have a great selection, check and see if they offer Inter-Library loan. Most libraries do, and this offers a much, much broader selection. You have to request the book and then wait for it to come in, but it’s free–which usually makes it worth a bit of a wait!
You can also suggest books for your library to purchase. They might not heed your suggestion, but it’s always worth a shot.