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8 Ways the Library Can Save You Money in 2024

In an age where the cost of living is constantly on the rise, the Natrona County Library stands out as a beacon of value, offering numerous ways for its cardholders to save money. Here are eight notable money-saving benefits that can help you kick off your 2024 fiscal resolutions:

  1. Free Access to Digital Content: With Libby by OverDrive, cardholders can download a wide range of digital content, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, directly to their devices for free. This service eliminates the need for costly subscriptions to digital media services​​.
  2. Entertainment for the Entire Family: From the Kanopy streaming video service to a vast collection of physical books and movies (with NO late fees for overdue items!), the Library offers free entertainment options for all ages, cutting down on the need for multiple streaming service subscriptions.
  3. Professional Development Tools: Patrons can enhance their skills or learn new ones with resources like LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 4,000 courses in business, technology, and creative skills.
  4. Legal and Business Resources: For those needing legal forms or guidance in creating business plans, the Library provides access to Gale Legal Forms and the Gale Business: Plan Builder. These services offer reliable, state-specific documents and step-by-step planning tools that can eliminate the cost of hiring professionals for these tasks​​.
  5. Grantseeking for Nonprofits: The Library provides free access to Foundation Directory, a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. This database is normally only available for a fee, and it provides information and funding history for 140,000+ foundations, corporations, and federal agencies.
  6. Helpful Gadgets & Gizmos: Our Library of Things is a special collection of useful items that can be checked out just like books, including a diverse range of items from blood pressure kits and tennis rackets to mobile hotspots and ring lights. This allows patrons to use these items without having to purchase them for short-term needs.
  7. Free WiFi: Across the library, cardholders can access free wireless Internet. This is a significant cost-saving amenity for those who need reliable internet access for work, study, or personal use without the burden of monthly subscription fees. With our WiFi2Go, patrons also have the option to check out free mobile hotspots for at-home use just as they would check out any other item from the Library.
  8. The Studio: Our professional video and podcasting studio simplifies the production process for high-quality video and audio recordings, and is available free of charge, offering a valuable resource for business and career development without the overhead of studio rental or equipment purchase.

Remember, your library card is more than just a key to a building; it’s a gateway to a world of savings! For more detailed information on each of these perks and how to make the most of them, talk to any of our staff during your next visit.

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