8 Unexpected Perks of a Library Card
If you thought your library card was only good for borrowing books, then think again. Turns out you can score access to all sorts of awesome stuff with nothing more than your library card—usually for free. Don’t believe us? Here are eight things you probably didn’t realize you could do with your library card.
1. Stream movies
Who knew your library card could also grant you access to some pretty cool streaming platforms? Sites such as Kanopy, which features over 30,000 films, and Hoopla are accessible by card members from select libraries across the country, so you can stream all kinds of movies (blockbusters, indie films, documentaries, etc.) for free.
2. Museum passes
3. Download e-books and more
4. Learn a language
Itching to learn a new language but don’t have the money for classes? Mango Languages offers step-by-step lessons for learning more than 70 different languages, and is totally free for library cardholders.
5. Get some new career skills
If you’ve already got a library card, why not use it to score some sweet new career skills? Apps like Lynda offer thousands of online courses taught by experts in fields such as web development, education, media production, and business—all free of charge.
6. Read newspapers and magazines
7. Prep for a test
Whether you’re planning on taking the SAT or a military exam, platforms like LearningExpress can help you improve your score on everything from academic tests to professional certification exams, and are free to use with your library card.
8. Free movie and music rentals
Feeling nostalgic? Don’t forget that the library is filled with old school CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray movies that you can peruse and borrow—sans the crazy video store late fees!