Rediscovering the Library

August 17, 2010 in Saving,Thrifty Tips

I got a new library card in May.  It had been awhile since I’d visited a public library (I’m thinking it was the year 2001), but I live a few blocks from one and wanted to stock up on summer reading.  After years of hanging out at Barnes & Noble and buying new books on Amazon, I pretty much forgot that the library existed. 

Recently, I’ve had that same enthusiasm for visiting the library that I had after watching an episode of “Reading Rainbow” when I was a kid.  Not including textbooks, I typically bought about one book a year.  Checking out those books for free, instead of buying them will save me at least $250 a year!  The library also has lots of DVDs, audiobooks, CDs and free internet.

My favorite thing about the library is using the library system website to put books on hold.  After logging into my account, I can search for a book I’m interested in, put it on hold and the library will email me when it’s ready for pick-up.  I remember being in elementary school and fumbling through the card catalog for the newest Baby-Sitters Club book, but now the library has great technology to make finding, reserving and renewing a one-click experience.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System also has other great programs like art exhibits and yoga classes.  What is your favorite thing about the library?

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Lauren H August 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

I too enjoy using my local public library. Now, I’m using more for the financial and spatial benefits. I can’t afford to buy all the books I want and I don’t have the space to house them.

My library also offers access to free Audiobook downloads and test prep software (It came in handy while I was studying for the GMAT!).


single&saving August 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

Free audiobooks downloads and test prep software are great perks! That’s really good to know for those of us who can’t afford expensive test prep classes.


Katie August 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

My favorite thing about the library is definitely the smell. Seriously, it is priceless :) But I also love the feeling of checking out books and walking away with them for free. I always feel like I should be pulling out my credit card as they scan them!


single&saving August 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

Haha…the library does have a unique smell.


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