When asked about your local public library I’m sure most of you think of the long stacks of books that you can check out and take home with you. It is true that your local library is a great place to find printed copies of books that you might not be able to locate in your university’s library or even in a bookstore. However, did you know that your library card also provides you with a wealth of other free resources that you can access from your own home?
eBooks, eMagazines, and Audiobooks
Using apps such as OverDrive, OneClickdigital, or Zinio, most public libraries offer a large collection of books and magazines that you can read or listen to on your mobile device. The best part about borrowing a book or magazine digitally is that you do not have to worry about bringing it back to your library when you are done or incurring late fees when your lending period is over.
Music and Movies
We all love purchasing music from iTunes or watching movies in our home through services like Netflix or Hulu. With services like Freegal, Hoopla, or InstantFlix you can enjoy the convenience of listening to or watching content on your phone or computer through your library account and save money at the same time!
Professional Development Courses
If you are a member of the Charleston County Public Library, you can also receive a free subscription to lynda.com. Lynda.com is an online learning site that features instructional video courses to help you learn the business, software, technology, and creative skills needed to achieve your personal and professional goals.
To learn more about the resources offered by your local library visit one of the links provided below: