Right now I live really close to a public library, which I really enjoy and appreciate a lot. Ever since I was young I’ve always enjoyed going to the library since I love to read but don’t really like amassing a large personal library collection. I’ve moved around enough to know that lugging books around is not a particularly pleasant experience, not to mention that I never really read any of the books I buy often enough to justify the cost.
This is why the library is super awesome and I’m super grateful to whoever first came up with the idea to create a free communal facility to foster reading, yay!
Libraries also usually have other kinds of programs too, such as tax assistance for people who need to file their tax returns, language-tutoring classes, and summer reading programs geared towards kids to get them to read more (usually through bribes and prizes, but who cares as long as it works, right?).
Here are some programs and services offered at the Seattle Public Library that I really like:
1. Free Museum Pass
One feature I really like about the Seattle Public Library is its free museum pass perk, a program where the library works in partnership with local museums and attractions to give out a certain number of free passes per day. It’s kind of competitive to get passes to the really fun museums, like the MoPOP or the aquarium (based on my personal opinion, haha), since those passes get claimed pretty quickly after they’re released, which occurs daily at 9pm PDT. If you’re unable to get a pass to a museum you wanted to go for the date you wanted, then it might sometimes be worthwhile to check back since people sometimes return their passes if they can’t actually visit the museum on the day their pass is for.
If you’re interested in checking out the museum pass at the Seattle Library, then you can go check it out here!
2. Online Learning
I’m an avid supporter of continuous learning and development, so I love that the Seattle library gives you access to various different online resources for learning, such as a free membership to Lynda (an online learning platform that works closely with LinkedIn), a subscription to Mango (a language learning resource similar to Duolingo), and a few others. All you need to access these resources is a library card – how awesome is that?!
If you’re interested in checking out the online learning resources offered by the Seattle Library, then you can go check it out here!
3. Print books, ebooks, audio books!
Finally, the library has a ton of options when it comes to actually borrowing! If you’re a fan of traditional books, then you can get a print option; if you have trouble reading small print then you can get a large print option; if you want to be able to take your book everywhere in a portable format then you can get an e-book through OverDrive, which the library partners with to automatically add ebooks to your account and return them when they’re due; if you don’t want to read at all and would prefer to just listen to books then you can get the audio book.
Hopefully this raises your awareness about the services the Seattle public library offers! : )