And it’s free.
“Only 3% of Americans own a library card. Wow, they must be really expensive!” – Bob Beaudine
In one of my recent re-reads, The Power of Who, I was reminded of the astonishing amount of knowledge at our fingertips. When I started reading self-development books I had a long list of recommendations that I took to my local library. I was super picky because I wanted audiobooks – it wouldn’t be until much later that I’d be willing to actually pick up a *gasp* book.
What I discovered is our libraries have evolved rather well for a government-funded institution. Many, like mine, have their databases plugged online so you can see what books are available, put books on hold and request books from other local branches.
On top of that, there’s something called the Interlibrary Loan system. If your local libraries don’t have the book you want and it’s at least 6 months old you can make a request for an Interlibrary Loan. Usually these will get filled within 30 days and you’re limited to 3 requests a month – but it’s still an amazing option. Essentially the library will put out a call to other library systems all around the country.
So even if your library doesn’t have the book you want, you can still get it within 2-4 weeks for FREE.
No more excuses, libraries have a ton of audiobooks as well as a new Kindle option.
Your mind is like your body. If you take in only the junk of TV shows, gloomy news and radio DJs guess what? Flabby mind. Tone up your most important valuable asset with regular reading! Looking for some suggestions? Why not join me in the Great Re-Read?