Money Saving Tips
September 16, 2019

Top 7 Unexpected Ways Your Local Library Can Save You Money

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated September 16, 2019

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Did you know your local library has more than just books and DVDs to offer? You might be surprised at some of the resources provided by libraries in your area. It’s always worth checking out what your library offers, but here are a few of the more common ways to save money with your library.

Many libraries offer language classes or conversation groups. If you’re interested in learning a new language, why not check out what classes are provided in your area and see if you can join the library’s language lessons. Alternatively, you might want to start this up yourself.

Are you a small business owner? Your local library likely offers several resources for you. These may include workshops with local leaders in various industries, business classes for specific levels of business, and networking opportunities. You can learn and meet new people who could end up being an asset to your business.

Need to print something out for school, but you’re short on money or don’t have a printer? The library can help you out. Not only will you have internet access on a computer, you can also print out whatever you need for a small fee.

Many people don’t have every tool you could possibly need around the house, but your library may. There are tool libraries in many regular libraries now, offering everyone the opportunity to borrow a hammer or something a bit more specific to do some home repairs.

Children will love a toy for a short time, but then lose interest in it. Parents who find themselves looking for ways to save money should check and see if their library offers toy loans. Many will provide disinfected toys that kids can pick to take home for a week or two.

Homeschoolers have long since discovered the helpful children’s programming that libraries offer, but these are open to everyone. If you have a child who loves to learn or get together with other kids their age, this is a great opportunity.

Not Just Story Time

Your library may include everything from story time for toddlers to playgroups and even groups for new parents who can use some support. Reading contests and special interest talks organized by the library can also be a great educational opportunity.

A little known fact about libraries is that they often get tickets to events and museums or other local attractions, to hand out. These are quite limited, so they don’t usually publicize it, but you can ask at the desk if they have any available. These free passes let you and your kids, if you have any, check out the local attractions.

Your local library has a lot more going on than just books. Get to know your librarian and find out just what is available to you.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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