The Library is a great resource for those who love to read but don’t have a large budget to buy books. Libraries range from large ones with big collections to small ones with a more limited choice. Whatever yours is it is still a great place to go. You can help combat a limited collection with my tips below.
Librarians are a great way to broaden your reading horizons. They are there to help patrons so don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you don’t know what you want to read, have a favourite book that you want another in the same vein or want to branch out to a new genre and don’t know where to start then ask the librarian. They will know what books are in the library and have some great recommendations for you.
Don’t forget, if the library doesn’t have a book you want to read there are multiple things you can do. First, ask if the library has an e-book borrowing program. Many libraries have an online program where you can borrow e-book copies. Like physical books you have the book for a certain amount of time and either once you “return” the book or the time runs out it will disappear from your e-reader.
If you are like me and really prefer paper books then you can go to the librarian and put in a request for the library to purchase the book. Now this option will one probably take awhile to come to fruition and two may not even happen at all if your library doesn’t have a large budget. If that doesn’t work then there are also inter-library loans which mean one library can borrow from a different library outside the district. You will have to ask your local library if they do this because not all do. Or you could go to a library that has the book and sit there to read it.
If you don’t know where the closest library is you can definitely look it up online. Just be prepared, if you haven’t already got a library card they may require proof that you live in the district that the library belongs to. So ID will most likely be required as well as a fee to help the library combat book costs, etc.
Larger libraries which have more of a budget tend to do more things with the community such as: events with authors, reading time aloud for the kids, a book club, etc. Just go to your local library and ask what extracurriculars they offer to their patrons to find out what your specific library does.
Libraries have always been magical for me and they still are to this day. I hope they are for you too! So how many times do you think I said library in this post? If you love reading on a budget this is definitely one resource you don’t want to overlook! Remember to return your library books on time or face the overdue fees. I would love to know if you go to the library or not and why.