Browsing in my library, physically and online, is one of my favourite hobbies. I find it mind-blowing that such a great facility is available for free (or for a small fee) and I’m in awe at all the services that it provides. I thought it would be handy to highlight just HOW to make the most of your library. It might seem obvious but libraries have embraced technology so maybe have a look again and see are there any features of your library that you are missing out on.
“She’d absolutely adored the library_an entire building where anyone could take things they didn’t own and feel no remorse about it.” ― Ally Carter,
I’ve waxed lyrical about 7 ways my library thrills my bookish heart but maybe I still haven’t convinced you. Or maybe you are thinking your library isn’t great. If so I empathise, I felt the same for years but in the past 12 months, there have been all kinds of changes in my local library. All for the better.
Gone are the days when it was just for borrowing physical books. Now you can get ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, music, videos in addition to good old-fashioned (but always in fashion) books. Both physically in the library and also on line via apps. From A to Z, those books (and beyond) are yours for the borrowing.
How to Make the Most of Your Library
All the key points are summed up below for you. But my main suggestion is to make the most of your online account. That way you can see what new books are coming, you can renew books and avoid pesky fines, you can find out about events. And of course talk to your librarian, like all bookish folks, they love to talk books. Just maybe pick your time, when the queue is a mile long might not be the best!
Talk to Trish: When were you last in your library? Has it changed over the past few years?