I retired from my position as a public library cataloguer two and a half years ago. That doesn’t preclude me from loving libraries as much, if not more, than I ever did.
Why, you ask?
Besides books (and honestly… what’s better than books?), you can get SO MUCH MORE with just a library card. In addition to the physical magazines, audiobooks and DVDs that the library world has been providing its patrons with for some years now, the modern public library provides access to a plethora of online content.
For example, here is an example of what my local library offers its patrons:
You can use Overdrive to download ebooks and audiobooks. Some of the Overdrive titles I’m interested in this week at my library:
You can use RBDigital to download many magazines to your device. You can keep them indefinitely! Some of my most recent magazine downloads are:
You can use Hoopla to stream movies, music, and more!
I was overjoyed to learn that Hoopla had the most recent season of one of my favorite TV shows! You can also stream movies, both old and new! And don’t forget you can stream your favorite music to your device of choice as well!
In addition to the online services I mentioned, there are also services especially geared for children with games, streaming audio and more. There are specialized services for people with disabilities. You can get online access to databases, encyclopedias, comics, service manuals, online product reviews, car repair manuals, online tutorials in various subjects, newspapers, language instruction, and much, much more!
Have you visited your library lately? If not, visit from home with your computer and your library card.
Addendum: I urge you to read some of the comments to this post. Though the ones I’ve received so far are positive in nature, I received this negative comment on Twitter and thought you might like to read it. Feel free to agree with this Tweet or disagree, as is your choice.
AND here are my replies to Richard Allen’s comment: