As you may have guessed, we love books. We love to read them, to smell them (really), and even to organize them (also true). We are assuming that if you are reading a library blog that you too may love books and we want to help you have access to lots and lots of them.
The obvious place to start would be here, at your local library. Where we are constantly adding new titles to our collection. We love suggestions and try to keep up with the newest authors. If there happens to be a book that you would like to read that we don’t have on our shelves, we are happy to help you with an inter-library loan where we borrow the book from another library for you. We also keep a list at the circulation desk for your suggestions on items we should add to our shelves.
Now if you are more of the e-reading/listening type we’ve got so many resources for you. Starting with our free library resources. Using your 5 digit library card number (it starts with the 9 on the back of your card) you can log into Bridges and check out e-books or audio books for free! Sometimes there may be a waiting list on newer titles but if you browse around for a bit you are certain to find something you like. If you have a smart phone or tablet you can download the Overdrive or Libby app to read/listen to your books. Feel free to call/email us or stop in to the library with any questions.
And if you still can’t find what you are looking for, check out the article on other great ways to find free books! Happy Reading!
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Few things in life are as enjoyable as curling up with a good book.
Some of us love nothing more than spending a rainy Saturday with a good whodunit or romance. Others are more practical and stick to nonfiction, just-the-facts fare.
Whatever you love to read, chances are good that you can cut the cost of those books by using a little ingenuity. Following are five ideas for getting your books for free.
1. Trade books for free: Paperback Swap and BookMooch
Bibliophiles — that’s the fancy term for book lovers, folks — can use Paperback Swap to trade books from their personal library for titles from the libraries of other members.
The process is simple. You start by listing one of the books that you no longer want or need. Once someone chooses your book, you mail it to them and receive a credit. These credits can then be redeemed for books you want to read. The site says it has nearly 4 million available titles.
Yes, you have to pay for the postage to send the books out. But that means you also receive the books you request for free. And once you get a book, you can keep it for as long as you like, or swap it again.
BookMooch is similar to Paperback Swap. Just like with the Swap, “moochers” accumulate points that can then be used to acquire new titles.
The site requires you to give away at least one book for every two you request. Fail to do this, and you will not be allowed to “mooch” until you improve your ratio.
2. Free books for kids: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Most of us who love to read developed our affection for books early on in life. Perhaps our parents read to us as a child. Or maybe we remember magic trips to the “bookmobile” to check out a Dr. Seuss or Curious George title.
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