10 free uses of your library card (beyond checking books)

What does your library card offer? Hint: Much more than a lifetime supply of books. Ask if your library offers any of these free benefits.

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Trips to the Museum

Organizations like RAD pass in Pittsburgh connects library cardholders to cultural attractions and museums in their area for free. Your local library can give users access to galleries, gardens, zoos, museums and institutions. radpass.org

Audiobooks and eBooks

Want to read a book on your tablet without paying? All you need is a library card and Libby, a free app that taps into your library system to offer thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for a specific loan period. Play on any device or stream audiobooks via Apple CarPlay or Bluetooth connection. Available in the App Store and on Google Play

the Web To access

For anyone who needs the Internet at home or on the road, many libraries, including the Chicago Public Library, allow cardholders to check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices during certain times.

Wise investment

Many public libraries have subscriptions to otherwise chargeable services. the morning stara database with real-time investment research, global market data and analysis.

Language course

Language learning can be daunting, so why not try it for free? Thanks to thousands of public libraries in the United States, you can access Mangowhich offers online resources for all ages and in over 70 languages. mangolanguages.com

Award-winning entertainment

Moonlight, Lady Bird, Parasite. These are just a few of the Oscar-winning films available on Kanopian on-demand streaming service with an extensive collection of free movies and TV series for partner libraries. kanopy.com

Career assistance

Ask your library about their career services, which may include LinkedIn Learning subscriptions (for expert-led online courses), job training, resume help, or just a place to set up your interview. Zoom. The New York Public Library even has a fashion loan department, where respondents can borrow ties, briefcases, suits and more.

A music library

Sift through Houplaanother library media service that lets you check out movies, TV shows, books, and comics while offering downloadable music. hoopladigital.com

News to use

PressReader Subscriptions, an all-you-can-read platform of more than 7,000 newspapers, magazines and educational publications, is free for many library cardholders. pressreader.com

gardening tips

Seed loan programs have become popular with library users, regardless of their knowledge of horticulture. Borrowers “verify” a packet of seeds, plant them, harvest them, and eventually return the seeds for future loan.

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