Humanities at Home: Libraries-not just paper and mortar, by Diane Schroeder
What do you think of when you hear the word “library?” Most likely shelves lined with paper books. But there’s more to a library than that. Libraries are a great resource not for just getting books. They also have movies, ebooks, audiobooks, music, programs, and other services.
Currently libraries are closed but when they aren’t they provide safe spaces for people. It is a public place that doesn’t require you to pay to get in or expect you buy something. (You might have to pay if you have a late fine.) You can reserve meeting spaces or find a quiet study place. Libraries have computers and printing services. They provide all sorts of programs for all different ages. They have free wifi and other services as well.
Can’t find what you are looking for on Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon? Check out your local library’s website. Most libraries have online resources and they have connections to streaming services that are free! They may even have things that you might not be able to find on another streaming service. Each website has its own online media sources, so I recommend checking out your public library’s website to see what they have to offer. Some services might be available for some libraries but not for others. I’m not going to list any websites here because you should check out the library’s website for yourself. Most have access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and movies. Some even have access to magazines or resources to online classes.
Have I mentioned that this is all free? All you need is a library card.
Don’t have a library card? Library cards are also free so look into getting one. Most libraries have an online application and some libraries are giving out temporary digital cards so you can have access to these services right now. Take a look around your own library’s website. And when it reopens go visit your library. You might be able to find what you were looking for or you might find something totally new and enjoyable. You never know what you will find.