Using the public library can save you a lot of money and can help you live a greener lifestyle. Reading is a favorite pastime for a lot of people. But, what do you do with books, magazines, and newspapers once you are done reading them? Do you need to own a copy of a magazine or book that you read once and then throw it in the trash? If you like to read, listen to music and watch movies, you can enjoy all of these activities and be eco-friendly at the same time. How do you do this? You visit your local library on a regular basis. Did you ever stop and think that you could find anything in your local library that you could find in your local bookstore? In addition to saving a lot of money, you will reduce your carbon footprint when you read a library book, listen to a library CD or watch a video or movie that you checked out of the library.
Did you know that you can get a library card for free? You can go online and search for your public library for any book that you want to read. Then you can actually reserve your book online and then pick it up from the library the next day. If your local library doesn’t have the book you are looking for, you can do a search at all of the different branches of your local library and they will have the book transferred so you don’t have to go all over town looking for your book. Almost all libraries loan out movies and music CDs. Sometimes they will limit you to the number you can check out at one time, but really, how many movies and CDs can you listen to at one time? With this free service, you can go back and get additional movies and CDs as often as you like.
Did you also know that libraries have computers that you can use? This is a wonderful benefit for people who don’t have a computer. You can surf the web whenever you want or send out your resume’ if you are job hunting, all for free.
Instead of subscribing to an expensive magazine or buying them on a weekly or monthly basis from the local newsstand, check out your local library. They do have most of the popular and current magazines and newspapers on their shelves so you can check them out, read them and then return them, instead of throwing them in your trash can to be delivered to your local landfill. You can even use the library’s copier (for a small fee) to make copies of recipes or articles that you want to keep.