Books for Nothing

I have always had a library card, ever since I could read. My parents always took us when we were small, and when we were old enough we took ourselves. I read a lot when I was younger and always had several books on the go, and when I was a student the library was a valuable resource.

In those days it seemed that everyone used the library. I took my own children even before they could read. Our local library ran – and still does – story time sessions for toddlers which they loved.

Nowadays you can order books on line, or if you have no computer you can book one to use for free at the library. Most have photocopiers and fax machines that you can use for a small charge.  You can rent DVDs and audiobooks and even borrow e-books. The mobile libraries take books to more remote areas and volunteers deliver them to the house bound. You can usually go into the library and read the newspapers for free , and larger branches often run computer courses.

You might have guessed by now that I am a big fan of the library service – what’s not to love?  I am amazed by the number of people I come across who don’t use this service, and don’t even have a library card. For money savers such as myself it is invaluable. I can try out books to see if I like them before buying them for a start, their films rent by the week and are cheaper to hire than the DVD shop and I regularly order books on line that are ordered in for me and delivered to the library of my choice. What a fantastic service!

If you have no money then use your library.  Take the kids there on a rainy day and sit and read with them; use their newspapers and computers to job hunt; see if they run any courses to help you learn new skills.

In these austere times, when local authorities are looking to save money wherever they can the libraries could be an easy target, so appreciate how lucky we are to have such a great service – use it or lose it!

0 thoughts on “Books for Nothing

  1. silversewer09

    We have always been avid readers using the libraries for books. Now we live in a slightly rural area we have the mobile library once every 2 weeks, so its usually 6 – 8 books each to keep us going till the next visit. We order books and get them delivered by the mobile library and on occasions go to the main town library; we can hand in books from the mobile and vice versa which ,makes it a very well worth while service. What we would do without it I do not know, we could not possibly afford to buy the number of books we read.

  2. Caloriesdontcount

    Although we are thinking of moving house I now live 5 minutes walk from my local library and I cant tell you how much I would miss it ,Ive been able to order 3 recommended books from one of the numerous frugal blogs I have subscribed to and tomorrow the library is waiting for me .As.child I read a lot then it seemed to get more difficult as life work and children came along but now work freedom is on the horizon boys are all grown up and moved away and there feels like there is a treasure chest at the bottom of my road , my wish list for a new house would have to include another library almost on my doorstep and then hope it stays open


    As a person who CONSUMES books at a great rate I agree with every word. When I worked on a mobile library I was always surprised at the places we didn’t stop at. I’ve worked in all sorts of libraries my favourite was the Schools Mobile service. Now I go to our local mobile that only comes once in 4 weeks (Council cutbacks) but we order via computer and can pick up 20 at a time!! and keep them for 8 weeks with no fines! LONG MAY IT LAST.

  4. Baroness Prudent Spending

    I am a huge library fan and cannot understand those who would rather pay for books. Unless you need to take notes and write in a book (e.g. for studies etc.) you should always see if the library has it to lend. Plus I like walking into my huge library in town and thinking this is all mine, mine, mine! 🙂 (Technically it is just not all at once!) ~ Pru

  5. Helen Graham (@hgraham33)

    My grown up kids have had library cards since they were 5 and we’d often take advantage of their workshops and reading sessions during the school holidays. We read the local and national papers at the library and haven’t bought a paper for years, saving us hundreds of £s. If I see a book on Amazon and I can’t take a look at it in a local bookshop, then I quite often reserve it online through the library for a 35p fee. Yes, I’ve added 35p to the cost of the book if I decide to buy it or wasted 35p if I don’t, but to me that’s preferable to buying a book costing £10-15 and finding its not what I want. Easier and cheaper than having to send a book back as well. The library is funded by the tax payer so using it’s like making use of a service you’ve invested in.

    1. lynda kling

      Luckily, it is free to request a library book to be reserved or sent to me from another library..but 35 p is still better than buying the book. And often I buy a book because I liked it and want my own copy…

  6. lynda kling

    As an avid reader from before I could actually read, I am always shocked by people who neither read nor use the library…I do buy books, but if I can get them at the library, I do. Our local libraries are well used but budget cuts were done several years ago, and got a lot of public out cry, so have been mostly re instated…

  7. Sharon Peters

    Massively agree with you about the library. I love my library local to where I work – it’s always full of young mums with children, uni students, older people reading the papers in the warm and me, well I just prefer to read an actual book rather than a kindle! Something about turning the pages!