‘Tis the season for Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions everywhere you turn—but amid all the ads for once-a-year sales, don’t forget that your local library offers the biggest savings of all.
Your library card is far more powerful than any coupon code: every day of the year, your library can save you tons of money on entertainment, education, and more. Even during the pandemic, libraries are offering extensive free online resources that anyone can access from the safety of their home.
Here are a few of the best values you can get from your library:
All Kinds of Books
Readers can save big by checking out free books from their libraries’ collections, which include titles for people of all ages and interests. In addition to physical books, libraries lend out ebooks and audiobooks, which you can download instantly at home or on-the-go. Plus, your librarian is an excellent source of personalized reading recommendations if you’re wondering what book to try next.
Newspapers and Magazines
Libraries offer free access to countless newspapers, magazines, and other publications; these resources are great for staying on top of the latest news without breaking the bank. Convenient digital access lets you read your favorite publications on your phone, computer, or tablet.
Did you know many public libraries offer free access to streaming services? Check out your library’s website to see what films are available for free for your next family movie night—your library card could help you save big on pricey streaming subscriptions.
Classes and Training
From cooking and arts and crafts to tech skills and career preparedness, libraries host a wide variety of free workshops and trainings. While in-person activities are off the table during the pandemic, libraries are still offering virtual programs online and over the phone—visit your library’s website to see what’s on available.
Many libraries also offer passes for free or discounted admission to museums, performances, national parks, and more. Once it’s safe to gather in person again, check out your library’s website to see what savings are available for these entertaining and educational cultural experiences.
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