Check Out These Hidden Gems at Your Local Library That Don’t Cost Anything

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It probably comes as no surprise that, as a writer, I love the library.

I adore being surrounded by books, magazines and newspapers. But the library is so much more than that.

February is Library Lovers’ Month, and in its honor, we’d like to share some of the unique benefits you can get from your local library.

The best part about all this is they don’t cost a thing — and you can save hundreds of dollars.

Take Full Advantage of Your Library Card

Did you know some libraries lend cake pans? Others lend microscopes and musical instruments.

This post on nine unusual things you can borrow from public libraries will have you asking your librarian for a lot more than just book recommendations.

There’s an App for That

Sometimes you don’t even have to set foot in your library to gain access to books, magazines, movies and other media.

Your library may partner with apps like Hoopla, which offers digital access to music and TV shows in addition to your favorite ebooks and audiobooks.

Check out this post for other apps that might be available for library card holders.

Revamp Your Career at Your Local Library

Looking for a new job can be stressful, but the quiet environment of a library might be the perfect place to get a little focus.

While you’re there, make sure to take advantage of other resources, like free career workshops or access to adult learning programs.

See this post for more ways your library can help your career.

Want to Create a Home Library?

The benefits of going to your local library are myriad, but we all have those days when we just want to curl up with a good book without having to get out of our pajamas.

In that case, you might want to start a little collection of your own.

This post highlights nine ways to get free or low-cost books to build up your home library.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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