I'm currently career shopping, looking for a potential career path out of business school. I have a couple options in mind that I might be a good fit for and would be interested in pursuing but I'm trying to learn about the array of options that are typically available to students graduating from my school. Internet has been sketchy off and on recently at our place so I decided to go for some good old fashioned books.
I went online to our library system's website. Found about half a dozen books that seemed relevant and marked them to be transferred and held for me at our local branch. Three days later I get an email to tell me half of them have already shown up. I walk over to the library with my SO after work and pick the books up. In and out in about two minutes! One of the three books was really useful but the other books were only so-so. I'm satisfied since I can renew the useful one to reread sections of and return the other two. In a few more days I'll have found more relevant books that I'll again check out for free.
Right now I'm using our library for career research, but here are some other areas where I've used library resources to save money or gain knowledge in the past:
- Learning about investing
- Standardized test prep
- Cooking ideas
- Free entertainment through fiction books or movie rentals
- How-to references for various projects
- Information on starting a small business
- Tax advice for the self employed
- Free internet access when ours was out
- Hiking guides and trip research