love your library

Learn to Love Your Library

love your library

I know most of you don’t need this post—you love your libraries with wild abandon! But I also know there are serious readers out there who don’t use their libraries, because I was one of them. I was just terrible at returning books, constantly built up fines, and just stuck to my own shelves. Thankfully, I took a few tips and my library heart grew ten sizes, so I know it’s possible.

Know Before You Go

My biggest struggle was getting my books back to the library, even long after I’d finished reading. It sounds silly, but they would sit in my car and I’d have to really push myself to detour and head to the library. That changed once I started building up long hold lists online. Books are always coming in, so I have a reason to get there (and get things back on time). Plus, the hold lists save me time and disappointment if something isn’t available when I visit.

Switch Into OverDrive

Look, I’m not going to lie, OverDrive itself isn’t the best selling point. It’s a little clunky, but all of its features make it totally worth navigating. Though it depends on your library and the options they have available, OverDrive makes it possible for patrons to check out e-books and audiobooks, which can then be accessed through the OverDrive app. I’m more of a paper book gal, but I love the option to grab a book from OverDrive whenever I need one. Added bonus? I just discovered one of my library systems allows e-book holds prior to publication, so definitely keep an eye out for that.

Maria Semple

It’s (Not) All About the Books

Don’t run away! Books are great, I love them the most. But libraries have a ton to offer outside the bookish realm. Aside from all the amazing community resources they provide, they also offer movies! Somehow I always forget that I can just run up and grab a DVD, but Hoopla makes it possible to stream movies, music, and TV shows from your library.

Did any discoveries make your library use easier?