Jera’s Jamboree : Dorset Libraries ~ National Libraries Day #NLD13

In celebration of National Libraries Day, here are ten ways your local library can save you money!

(With the focus on Dorset Libraries)


  1. It’s estimated that borrowing instead of buying two library books and two DVDs each month could save you more than £30.
  2. Instead of getting out the car, become a library member and use our online services. You can search the catalogue, reserve a book for collection at the library of your choice, renew books on loan, or search our wide variety of reliable subscription information sources – all from the comfort of your own home.
  3. Planning a holiday or day trip? Rather than buying a map or guide book, borrow them for free from your library.
  4. Entertaining the children during the school holidays can be expensive, but we often run free events and storytimes and always have a great selection of captivating books and exciting DVDs available for loan.
  5. Learn a language for a fraction of the price you might pay otherwise by borrowing from our selection of language courses in audio format.
  6. Socialising isn’t always cheap but reader events in libraries are really good value. We offer the opportunity to hear a wide range of authors talk about themselves and their work; or to join in book discussions with other avid readers; and can be a way to meet new people who also enjoy reading.
  7. Learn more about your leisure pursuits without spending money. You can borrow books for free that will improve your knowledge of a wide range of topics – such as painting, photography, cookery, gardening or crafts.
  8. Why not take up a new hobby that doesn’t cost you money? You can use library computers for free for half an hour a day to research your family history
  9. Keep babies and toddlers amused for free at regular Storytimes, Toddler Times and Rhyme Times sessions held at your local library
  10. If you belong to a Reading Group we offer a special tailor-made service to help you with ideas and to save you buying books you can borrow them.  Ask Dorset Libraries staff for details.

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