There’s one underlying expectation in the book community: in order to be a ‘proper’ bookstagrammer/book blogger/booktuber/etc., you must have a plethora of brand-new, beautiful hardcovers.If you’re like me, then you can’t keep up with this either. There are actually very few people who can actually afford to keep up this expectation. One resource that is often forgotten is the library. Today, I’m going to talk about four main reasons why you should go to your local library more often!
Note: I understand there are many cities, states, and/or countries that don’t have good library programs. There certainly is privilege that comes with the access to decent libraries.
1. IT SAVES YOU MONEY
Although buying books is fun, it can get quite expensive. Depending on where you shop and the books, purchasing a few hardcovers can cause you to spend over $60-$100. This is where the library comes in! Most library cards are free to sign up for; and even if your library doesn’t have the book you want, you can generally ask them to order it for you.
2. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THINGS BESIDES BOOKS
Most libraries have a variety of things besides books. They have movies, TV seasons, CDs, audiobooks, etc. My local library as a child even had puppets you could rent out.
3. THEY OFFER E-BOOK LOANS AS WELL
Even if your library doesn’t have the latest book release, most likely OverDrive will! OverDrive is an e-book, audiobook, movies, etc. rental online. It’s free to sign up; all you need is your library card!
4. THEY SOMETIMES OFFER OTHER PROGRAMS
Most of the time, libraries don’t just hold books. They also hold special programs, classes, and events. My local library even has a farmer’s market on the weekends! Some libraries might even have Teen/Young Adult book clubs you can be a part of.
Liv is a 16 year old book blogger who resides in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, petting cats, and listening to musicals.
Do you have a local library? Do you own a library card and do you use it often? I can’t wait to hear your responses in the comments!