Library Corner: Not just libraries — but free public libraries |

Library Corner: Not just libraries — but free public libraries

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District

A Grand County Library customer recently walked up to the circulation desk and asked, “How much does it cost to rent these DVDs?” The librarian was thrilled to be able to reply, “Nothing! There is no charge for borrowing the materials. You just need a library card.”

I have a friend from Russia, now a U.S. citizen, who remembers being so excited about Grand County’s libraries. She exclaims, “I had no idea that a library could offer so much–not only books, but movies, music CDs, audio books, eBooks, and even online magazines! I get to attend all kinds of programs and meetings at the libraries. I love libraries in the United States!”

We at the Grand County Library District are happy about being part of a free public library district. I like to say that the materials are free to the user, but not to the library district. We realize that funding is 95 percent provided by property taxes and we take the stewardship of those funds seriously.

According to research from the Newark Public Library, here’s how much you save by checking out a book at your local public library instead of purchasing it in print:

Adult Hardcover: $27

Children’s Hardcover: $20

Paperback: $7

Even if you only read one book per month and stick to paperbacks, you’ll still shell out $84 per year, which is $84 more than you would spend by checking out the books at a library. And most new, high-profile books aren’t available in paperback versions for at least 12 months after the hardcover version is published. That means you’d either have to shell out $27 every time you want to read a new book, or otherwise be the last person to read a new book. If you only purchase one hardcover book per month, that adds up to $324 per year.

The library is a great place to save money, but only if you return all materials on time. Audiobooks and eBooks expire (meaning they disappear from the device you’re using to read or listen to them) after the lending period is over, but you still have to remember to return books, DVDs and other physically checked out items on time.

Do you have a library card? Do you ever use it for anything other than checking out printed books? Visit your GCLD branch library and be prepared to fall back in love — with entertainment, information, and education. It’s free!

Jeanie Johnson is the director of public services for the Grand County Library District.

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