This week in the UK is Libraries Week, the first one ever! If you think of libraries, you might think it’s just a place where you can borrow the latest fiction. But libraries are so much more. Here are five things that you can borrow from libraries:
Let’s face it, cookbooks are expensive and sometimes you want it only to see a couple of recipes. That’s where libraries can help. Most libraries services will stock a large array of cookbooks, from baking to pub grub to seasonal food. So if you’re looking for a bit of culinary inspiration, get to your local library!
Like cookbooks, comics and graphic novels can be an expensive affair, especially if you’re into Marvel or DC. It’s lucky that many libraries now stock them, but you won’t just find your traditional superhero comics there. Libraries also stock a wide range of genres and stories. Whatever you interests, you can guarantee there’s a graphic novel out there to suit your needs.
Finding out that you or a loved one has a life-altering health condition can be hard. Libraries are dedicated to supplying much needed help during difficult times. They stock a wealth of information about different health conditions that can make things feel less overwhelming. Also, libraries stock books about mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and general wellbeing through Books on Perscription .
TV boxsets and films:
Is that TV series you want to watch not on Netflix? Don’t want to buy the whole boxset only to watch it once? Then maybe head over to your local library. Libraries will rent out popular TV series for a reasonable price (usually no more than 3 pounds). The same goes for those pesky films that never appear on streaming channels. If it’s popular, make sure to get in there quickly. When I worked in a public library, I remember seeing over 50 reservations on the most recent series of Game of Thrones!
eBook and eAudiobooks:
Libraries don’t just let you borrow physical books, they let you borrow electronic ones too. Most libraries will provide a platform for you to be able to listen or read books on your phone, tablet or computer. That can come in handy if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to take several books in your luggage.
Libraries are great places where you can borrow a diverse range of resources. So this Libraries Week, get down to your local library and see what you can find!