Have you ever wondered how much money you save by taking advantage of the resources at the Delaware County District Library? The American Library Association (ALA) has a nifty widget on their web site called the “Library Calculator” that will show you how much money you would have spent to buy the resources that you borrowed from the Library. When I used the calculator, I was delighted to see that I had saved about $7500 last year by borrowing books, movies, and using other resources such as online databases.
Public libraries are as valuable to our community as they are to your pocketbook. The popularity and importance of America’s public libraries continues to grow. According to a recent report by the ALA, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S, and Americans spent more than twice as much on candy as they did on public libraries. Library use continues to rise, with public library visits exceeding 1.3 billion in 2008; in fact, libraries circulated more items than Fed Ex ships – more than 2 billion books, CDs, DVDs and more.
Perhaps more importantly, nearly all Americans (96%), even if they are not regular library visitors agree that libraries play a significant role in giving everyone a chance to succeed by supporting public education, job seekers and lifelong learning.
I invite you start saving immediately by checking out bestsellers, DVD’s, audio books, and eBooks (and so much more!) from the Library instead of buying them. If you want to know how much you save by using the Library, check out the Library Calculator.