Due to my current situation of studying for the GREs and being not-so-employed, I’ve been spending increasing amounts of time at my local public library. It’s a pretty great place – I remind myself of that when I pay overdue fines.
1.) Free passes to local museums! (Another benefit of my present situation is that I can go to these museums during off-peak hours.)
2.) If you can write your name, all by yourself, you can get a library card in the area you reside. It’s a pretty inclusive establishment.
3.) The hold system. I adore the hold system. I pick books/CDs/DVDs online, click, and then they send them to my “preferred” library, to wait for me.
4.) My library has free wi-fi, which is mostly a good thing for when I am studying. (It also means that study breaks can involve job searching!)
5.) Climate control and indoor plumbing. While not swank, my library is comfortable.