15 things you didn't know you could get at the library

You can borrow a lot more than the latest thriller or romance novel.

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Aug 2, 2014 9:42AM

Our library had a hamster "Lady Di".  We checked her out and the next morning there were 6 babies in the cage.  The library didn't want to take them back because we only checked out 1 hamster.  They couldn't imagine where the babies came from as she was "single".  Turns out someone had checked her out to play with the hamster they already had. 

So if you check out a hamster make sure you get a certificate of virginity.

Aug 2, 2014 11:13AM
All indeed things libraries lend out! In addition, some libraries lend Blu-rays, video games and consoles, dolls and other toys, or have 3D printers and other equipment for maker-spaces, and much more! Some even have recording studios in them and staff dedicated to help small businesses get off the ground! It's true, not all libraries, or librarians, are equal, but each have their strengths and something wonderful to offer to their communities. Just remember, they're your libraries, America! Go check 'em out! :)

**Disclaimer: Yes, I am a librarian. I work for a small public library in rural northern New England. :)

Aug 2, 2014 9:17AM
Our library was fairly small, but we had something not mentioned above:  a literacy council which offered free classes for adults in reading or English.  We had trained volunteers who men with people who requested these services.
Aug 7, 2014 3:28PM
I don't let on to anyone I know that I get ALL my movies and TV shows on DVD from the library.  Free.  Cancelled Netflix and Comcast.  But really, I don't think I have to worry about the today's Americans rushing to a place of learning.
Aug 2, 2014 3:59PM
We are a very small library, limited budget, but we offer a lot of the items mentioned here, plus a Wattage meter, Zumba batons, furniture sliding pads, and we're just starting the cake pan collection for loan.  It's stuff you need to use, but don't need to own.  

Aug 4, 2014 12:37AM
I frequent the library and there were several things on the list I was not aware of and I will be checking with my library to see if they offer those things.  As far as the DVD's go, I have checked out quite a few.  Most of them have worked just fine, but there have definitely been some that did not work.  But, for free, no biggie.
Aug 2, 2014 11:08AM
OK, umm... Not ALL public libraries have all of this.

But, I do enjoy the library. I also get upset when my local branch doesn't stock books. Eh. I live in New Mexico, I shouldn't expect tons of Lovecraftian fantasy/sci-fi/horror. Nor should I expect Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy to be there.

Wait. YES I should. Dammit.

Whatever. I'm angry at the fact that my local public library is missing what I want to read for free.

Maybe I should shut up. At least I get to read some stuff for free.

I was spoiled by Milwaukee and Baltimore. THEY had awesome libraries.
Aug 7, 2014 3:48PM
Comics! Graphic novels! Video Games!
Aug 9, 2014 8:17AM
Thanks for your article. One of the 1st places I visit when moving to another city or state is the public library. I learned some new resources to search for. The tools and Zinc.
Aug 2, 2014 12:50PM
most have  bulletin  boards to advertise on in the  entrance --------- some  even  permit  you  to put  ad up  yourself and  some  even allow   for-profit ads

If  some  permit this  why cant  all???  answer petty   bureaucracy !!!
Aug 8, 2014 9:08AM
Well, we live out in the country, so our library has mostly VHS cassettes. Lots of them with some good movies, but VHS none-the-less.
Apparently they're talking of big city libraries because around here none are free and they have very little of anything mentioned here.
Aug 7, 2014 1:20PM
Most of these things aren't at my local library.
Aug 2, 2014 9:47AM
Yet another misleading MSN article - the implication being that ALL public libraries offered these services.  Newsflash: Some cannot because the town they are located in does not provide any additional funding, public or private, and the library must scrape by on the grant from the Dale Carnegie foundation. Sweeping generalizations, overly optimistic headlines, and unrelated title photos do not change that fact, MSN.
Aug 8, 2014 12:52PM
Our library has free daycare.  From 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm all the Hispanic kids wait in the library until their parents pick them up when they get off work.   Its very noisy.
Aug 2, 2014 11:32AM
A few libraries offer a few of these perks.  Most don't.  MSN makes it sound like you can go to your local branch and check out a hammer.  Good luck.
Jul 29, 2014 8:17AM
Libraries are also a good place to build your music library for free. I checked out BB King & Eric Clapton's "Riding With the King" and ripped it with CDex.
Aug 2, 2014 10:11AM
Aug 2, 2014 8:33AM
It said 15 things I didn't know but anyone who uses a library should already know this stuff. There were 3 things I did not know but that is because my library doesn't offer them. Other than that I knew all of them and people who frequent a library should know.
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