What services do libraries offer?

Public libraries house thousands of books, from romance to recipes, sci-fi to sewing tips and crime to comedies. If you are researching for an assignment or simply want to read for your own pleasure, your local library is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. The library staff will also be knowledgeable about where books are located and may be able to offer recommendations. Some libraries also refer to the Kumon Recommended Reading List to make suggestions for children.

However, libraries are no longer just receptacles of paper-based books. Many libraries offer an abundance of additional services which you can enjoy, often free of charge or for a nominal fee.

Audiobooks, E-books, large print and braille materials
In addition to print books, your local library is likely to stock a range of audio and e-books for a different reading experience. It is also likely to offer large print or braille materials. Ask a library assistant to support you in locating these. If your library doesn't stock what you are looking for, they may be involved in an inter-library loan scheme.

CDs, DVDs and computer games
Libraries will often loan out CDs, DVDs and computer games, which can prove a much cheaper alternative to purchasing new ones. These may be subject to a small charge and it is important to return them on time to avoid an extra fee.

Internet access
Many libraries provide computers with internet access, enabling you to browse the web in a peaceful environment. If you have a portable devise you may also be able to access free WIFI.

Community clubs
Public libraries also often run clubs for parents, babies/toddlers and after-school activities for children. These include reading clubs and parent support groups and are a great way to meet people in your community. Keep an eye out for summer reading competitions, local author book signings and additional community events which you and your family can enjoy.

So, as you can see, your local library may now offer a whole lot more than when you last paid a visit. Do pop in soon with your family and see what treasures you can discover, and ensure you leave with a new book in hand too!
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