What’s the first thought that comes into your mind when you think of the library?
It’s probably books. However, there are so many hidden resources not many know about. First Lady, Laura Bush and author of Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary were librarians! They both believed libraries should be available to everyone – especially now with the digital age growing and with everyone who’s willing to learn.
So what do libraries provide?
1. Assistance from library staff
Librarians and Information Assistants can provide advice regarding career advisement and research materials. Not, only they can help you with finding what library materials will work best, but they can give you a sense of direction on where to go in order to advance forward with your career.
Besides print materials, there’s more to access at the library. Especially when you have a library card which contains free tools for success. Databases such as:
- Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company which is an online educational site that includes over 5,700 courses (and over 180,000 videos).
- Literature Online A searchable library of works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.
- Library of Congress Online Catalog – The catalog of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The list is endless!
The library has access to numerous useful databases, especially if you’re a student with massive amounts of research papers and projects. In addition to video tutorials of programs and software – the library has the materials you need to succeed.
3. Classes & Workshops
If you’re not as interested in learning online, the library also offers free classes. Classes vary depending on your location, but be sure to check out your local public library to see what they offer:
- Writing Workshops
- How to be Debt free workshops
- Programing classes
- Tech time
- Microsoft Office
4. Events & Programs
Networking is a major key into getting first person insight about their career within an industry you might be interested in. The public library offers numerous events throughout the year such as:
- Book Fairs
- Musical concerts
- Author’s discussion
- Book clubs
- Story Time
- Character/Story themed parties for children
5. Downloadable Materials
Really needed that book for class or on the edge of waiting for the latest copy of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men? Not to fear, most library systems have developed eBooks in their libraries for those who have access to a tablet or any reading compatible device, even your iPhone.
Who would have thought the library has so much more to offer than just books? It is the key to enhance your career for any subject of your choice.