How to take expensive online courses free at the library




Do you want to take online courses? And know they’re legit? Some companies offer thousands of courses. You can take as many as you want, if you want to pay $20-30 a month for a subscription. A bit out of your budget? Maybe you can get around it the same way you can get around other information expenses. Go to the library. … Continue reading






Surprising place to get healthy: at the library




As the Affordable Care Act’s flaws become more apparent and politicians bicker over how, or whether, to fix it, where can we look for real leadership on health? At the library! The library’s role in health shouldn’t be surprising. Libraries have long dedicated themselves to educating the public about many critical issues. They have long provided the poor with services they can get nowhere else. They have long sought innovative ways to expand their influence. Here are four  health initiatives I have recently learned about. … Continue reading






22 ways to use the library




Do you know what’s going on at the library? Even if you’re a regular library user, you may may be missing something interesting. Libraries represent a kind of “third space,” which is neither home nor work. Unlike many others, they are not a business. They don’t carry with them the expectation that you will pay for something. Of course, libraries offer numerous services you can use. You’re paying for public library services with tax dollars. You’re paying for academic library services if you are part of a college/university community. For most purposes, then, you never have to dig out cash … Continue reading






How the Disabled Benefit from Libraries




Contributed by Helen Mainwaring. Learning, even under the best of conditions, can be tough. In a world that is still reeling from financial meltdown of 2008, it often seems that it is education – and all the resources it needs to thrive – that is the first public service to get taken away from a society that badly needs it. More often than not, the first arm of education that is taken away is funding for libraries. Libraries are the easiest targets when those in charge need to save some pennies. In the eyes of those who don’t know their true value, libraries are … Continue reading






5 more unusual and unexpected library services




All public and academic libraries offer the same basic services. Many offer unexpected services. In some cases, they are the library’s response to unique local needs. In others, one library has seen how it can address a common need, and other libraries may start something similar. At least some of today’s more recent basic services started out as one library’s experiment. I reported on 3 unusual and unexpected library services a while ago. Here are 5 more. … Continue reading