Today I want to talk about how much I love the library. Yes, the old-school borrowing books and returning them with the use of a library card…do people still do that? Well, yes, they do! And it’s awesome!
I just re-discovered the awesomeness of the library a couple weeks ago. Honestly, I hadn’t gone to the library since I was a kid. I didn’t even know how much a library card cost — turns out, it’s free!! I was stoked when I went to the library to inquire and they told me it’s free to join. I was like, Okay, wait. So, it’s free to get a library card and then you can read free books? Pretty much any book you want? Sign me up! And so my new love was born.
So, at first I went to the tiny little library in my neighbourhood and they hardly had any books! So, I was disappointed. But, then I found out that I can get any book sent to my neighbourhood library. All the books in my province are shared between libraries. So, if I want a specific book that is currently in a different city’s library (within my province), I can just look it up online and request it to be sent to the library of my choosing! This also goes for books that are within my city. If I’m lazy and don’t feel like driving across the city (or for someone who doesn’t have access to transportation), I can request that a book be sent to my closest library. Now, depending where it’s coming from, I might have to wait up to a week. But, who cares? This system is soooo amazing I can’t believe it. I love it!!
Wait, you can borrow eBooks from the library? That’s right! Along with print copies, you can also get eBooks. You can read them on your computer or eReader. It uses the program Adobe Digital Editions. So, anyone who is familiar with getting (non-Kindle) books from NetGalley or Edelweiss…it’s the same process!
I just found out that you can also pre-hold certain books! For example, I looked up Allegiant by Veronica Roth and I could put a pre-hold on it so that I can read it when it first comes out! However, with Allegiant being so popular, by the time I discovered this fact there were already over a hundred holds on it…and yeah…I’m not waiting that long to read it! But, I am fifth on the list for Evertrue by Brodi Ashton!
Another of the many awesome things about the library is that I don’t have to feel guilty for DNFing books. Or, at least, not as guilty as if I had purchased the book. It’s free and it’s not a review request. So, I can DNF with little to no guilt! Yay! (And if I love a book, I can always purchase it later in order to support the author…and to display it on my shelf)
How do you feel about the library? Is it too old-school for you, or is it so totally now-school and completely awesome? Does your local library have the same features as mine? Does it have awesomeness that mine doesn’t have? Do you love the library too??
This post was linked up to Oh, Chrys and The Fiction Conniption‘s Let’s Discuss post.