Services You Might Find At Your Local Library

July 25, 2018     erinthebooknut     Discussion, Feature, Rant, Recommendations, The Thing About..., Tips an Tricks


Every library is different. That means that you get a unique experience anytime you walk into one. The budgets, the people, these things all impact the different services available at each library and branch. This list is by no means exhaustive and will by no means apply to every library.

If you’re curious about what services your library offers you can check out their website, their literature, or talk to a librarian! They’ll be happy to help.


-The Gigantic List Of Library Services Your Library MIGHT Offer-


Programs, events, and activities, exhibits and exhibitions

Your library has its own schedule for all different ages. Be it storytime for the kiddos, yoga for the adults, or author events for everyone. Check out your library’s calendar, they should have one on their website.

Digital Services

Overdrive, Hoopla, RB, digital media of all kinds from audiobooks to comics, magazines to music. Check out what your library offers. They may even have library ecards for out of district folks.

Interlibrary loans

Many libraries have a partnership with others in the area and will swap materials back and forth between them. Use it to your advantage!

Friends of the Library Sales

Often libraries will sell off withdraw copies to help fund library programs and new books. Whether they do it monthly or less, keep an eye out for these sales to get cheap books and help out.

Library bookstore

Some libraries sell withdrawn and donated copies all the time in their own bookstores. My childhood library has one in their basement, open two or three days a week.

Loaning of toys and games or stuffed animals

Before I left for college my library started a wonderful program where patrons could check out tops and stuffed animals like they did books. This was great for the underprivileged kids in our area. Since then other libraries have done the same.

Summer Reading

It’s not just for kids. Many libraries have multiple rounds of summer reading now. One for kids, one for teens, and one for adults. Take part and you may even win some cool prizes.


Libraries all over the country have mobile libraries called bookmobiles. Some aren’t even on buses. I’ve seen ones that uses horses or pack animals to carry around a mobile library. These animal based bookmobiles are rare and pretty quirky but they’re worth checking out just for the fun. The bus type are common and pack a lot into a small space.

Free passes to local attractions

Museums, parks, zoos, aquariums, cultural attractions, educational attractions, libraries often have partnerships with these institutions and can offer free or discounted passes. You’ll have to check with your library to see what, if anything, they have available.

GED Prep and Adult Literacy Classes

Job and Career Support



-Resumes and Cover Letters

-Skills Classes

Librarians and outside instructors teach and help with a wide range of career and job support forms. Check your library’s schedules or inquire as the reference desk if you need any help with this.

Computer Classes

-Word and Office Suite

-Coding (CSS, HTML)

Whether you’re young or old there’s always more to learn about computers as they advance.

Technology suites and equipment

-Free WiFi

-Research support

-Copiers, fax machines, free use computers, microforms

Some may even have the following advanced technology available for use. Cuyahoga Country Library has special innovation centers for these:

-3D Printing

-Recording Studio

-Video recording studios

-robotics, t shirt presses, large format printers, craft cutters, engravers, coding software, drawing tablets, embroidery machines for small business and public use.

Homework and tutoring help

Meeting and Community rooms

Passport centers

Some libraries have their own passport center. Bypass the post office and pop in here instead if your library has one.

Writer’s centers, programs, groups, and software.

Need a writer’s group. Enquire at your help desks for opportunities and times.

Trained help with….

-Heath information

-Tax help, classes, and forms

-Help with applications for money, food, medical and childcare assistance.

-Citizenship exam prep

-English as a Second Language Courses


These are only some of the services libraries can provide outside the sending of standard library materials. These of course depend on budget and access but I’d be willing to bet that there are several services in your library that you didn’t know existed. Check your library’s website or talk to a librarian to see what you library offers.

What’s your favorite thing your library offers? Share in the comments below.

From one library lover to another,


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