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Public libraries are the ultimate reusable resource

  • Feb 10, 2010
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Even in this age where reduce, reuse and recycle are three ideas that are on the minds of many, one place may get overlooked for it's green services. I'll give you a hint ...Shhh... if you enjoy books, like to save money and are an eco-conscious person look no further than your local public library. Instead of purchasing a book, see if your local public library has it in stock. As you probably know, when you are finished with the book, just return it and repeat the process.  The best part is that is that all of this is free. Now public libraries not only carry books, but also audio-books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more.

By using the library you are saving on the cost of the book and you are reducing the unnecessary clutter on your bookshelf at home. You may also be helping to reduce the amount of paper needed to create new books. Some libraries will even accept donations of old books and magazines in good shape.

Did you know that  most public libraries now offer free internet access?  They do.  So you can search the world wide web and the enormous amount of books they carry all for free. You may be surprised by all that your local public library may offer. Many libraries also have children reading programs and other events to get the community involved and create a even better library.

Public libraries are such a fantastic asset that everyone needs to recognize. Support your local public library by getting a library card and check out some books.  You'll be spoiled in no time and who knows what you may learn.  If you take care of books you'll be rewarded for years to come.  For a list of public libraries in the United States, go to

Public libraries are the ultimate reusable resource Public libraries are the ultimate reusable resource

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November 12, 2011
I LOVE my public library and I'm so lucky to live across the street from it. Plus, it has a coffee shop right next door, could it get any better? It allows me to read any book I want without having to add to the clutter at my house.
June 24, 2011
The public libraries are a wonderful research source. The librarians are knowledgeable on search/catalog methodologies and the latest publications are generally available. Some librarians actually engage in selected readings for children and adults.
September 29, 2010
I wonder why I bought thousands of books when many are in my library; WorldCat and online catalogues indeed are great resources that weren't around for easy access way back. Now, I buy far fewer books and use these resources to borrow them instead.
August 27, 2010
Great topic. I am a library addict. Sometimes it's fun to browse the stacks in person, looking for that unexpected gem. Other times, I like to reserve materials online. I get an email whenever something comes in.
February 17, 2010 is the world library catalog. Use WorldCat to find libraries near you that have the books you want.

Tip: Most US public libraries will give you a library card if you live in the same state. Get cards from libraries in cities near you. Create accounts on their websites. Find a book you want to read, via WorldCat. Click through to a library near you that has the book. Reserve the book. They will put it on the Hold shelf for you to pick up.

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February 13, 2010
I used to go to the library all the time and this review has been a great reminder that I need another trip. Thanks!
February 13, 2010
My daughter loves going to the library so we have to make a lot of trips there. Nice job
February 12, 2010
My sentiments exactly! I never understood why people buy books (unless it's for school or a super duper amazing book) when this great resource is available. Libraries are the reason why I barely own any books or DVDs, and I've saved myself a ton of money and space, so I totally agree with your review! :)
February 12, 2010
Libraries are an escape from my busy and noisy city life. I know people like to go to cafes and read or study but nothing beats the peace and quiet of a nice library. Plus there is something nostalgic & wonderful about the smell of old books.
February 10, 2010
I'm at my local public library a couple of times a week. As you pointed out in you review it is a tremendous resource. Keep up the good work. Have enjoyed all of your work so far!
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I love public libraries and would keep them around if I were in charge.     That may sound like a common statement, but in my case it's quite a generous compliment. I'm one of those heartless, evil libertarians rightists keep saying are unpatriotic and leftists keep saying are racist. (And no, I'm not especially unpatriotic or racist. I can see the angle on the first one because I think nationalistic traditions are given far more relevance than they need and I hate the idea of …
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Here is one of those rare subjects I think just about all of us can agree on.  The public library is an absolutely indispensible part of any thriving community,  Libraries serve people of every age group in a variety of ways.  You might think that here in the digital age public libraries may have become less relevant.  Exactly the opposite is true.  The fact of the matter is that public libraries are busier today than ever before.  …
Quick Tip by . August 27, 2010
Our library has DVDs and Blu-rays. Movies, documentaries. Self help. How-to. The library is networked with over 30 other libraries in the area, so I can get just about anything I want for free, delivered to my branch library. It's like having Netflix. I put holds on several items and wait to see which ones come in first. I do this for books, too. Here's an extra tip. Browse for new books, movies, TV shows on DVD, etc. Then go to the library site and reserve the ones you want. Some take …
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
I believe that all public libraries should be cited as national treasures and given the necessary funding to thrive and help nourish the communities to which they belong. Libraries are depositories of information and opinions. Support your local libraries through your patronage and volunteerism and support the intellectual growth of your town! Books = knowledge = advancement of the species. Gee, not very subtle about this one, am I?
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
i volunteered at a local library for the summer reading program. I got to meet all kinds of people and had a lot of fun reading the books for the story time hour. Public libraries are a good resource for everyone and they need to be better funded.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Some need restoration,new books.
review by . February 17, 2010 is the world library catalog. Use WorldCat to find books in libraries near you.      Tip: Most US public libraries will give you a library card if you live in the same state. Get cards from libraries in cities near you. Create accounts on their websites. Use WorldCat to find a book you want to read. Click through to a library near you that has the book. Reserve the book. They will put it on the Hold shelf for you to pick up.      Review of …
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Public libraries exist in most nations of the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. Public libraries are distinct from research libraries, school libraries, or other special libraries  in that their mandate is to serve the public's information needs generally (rather than serve a particular school, institution, or research population), as well as offering materials for general entertainment and leisure purposes. Public libraries typically are lending libraries, allowing users to take books and other materials off the premises temporarily; they also have non-circulating reference collections. Public libraries typically focus on popular materials such as popular fiction  and movies, as well as educational and nonfiction materials of interest to the general public; computer and internet access is also often offered.

In addition to print books and periodicals, most public libraries today have a wide array of other media including music CDs, movies on video tape and DVD, as well as facilities to access the Internet and inter-library reservations. Readers' advisory is a fundamental public library service that involves suggesting fiction and nonfiction titles (often called "readalikes"). Public libraries may also provide other services, such as community meeting rooms, storytelling for infants, toddlers, and children, or after-school programs. In person and on-line programs for reader development, ...
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