In celebration of National Libraries Day, here are ten ways your local library can save you money!
(With the focus on Dorset Libraries)
- It’s estimated that borrowing instead of buying two library books and two DVDs each month could save you more than £30.
- 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.
- Planning a holiday or day trip? Rather than buying a map or guide book, borrow them for free from your library.
- 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.
- Learn a language for a fraction of the price you might pay otherwise by borrowing from our selection of language courses in audio format.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Keep babies and toddlers amused for free at regular Storytimes, Toddler Times and Rhyme Times sessions held at your local library
- 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.