I've been on a reading kick in the last month or two, ever since I discovered how great and easy the Denver Public Library is. They have everything--and if they don't have it, they can request it either through the Colorado-Wyoming interlibrary loan program, or through an international interlibrary loan program that they have also joined. So far I have only found two books that they didn't have, and they were able to request both of them for me through these systems.
Plus, everything can be done online. You sign in with your library card number and your last name, and you can search for the book you want and automatically place a hold, and it will show up as soon as possible at your preferred library branch. You can review your checked out and held books, and renew online.
And you can put books on hold before they come out. So, I put a hold on the third book in the Hunger Games series. It doesn't come out til August but I'm already number 46 in the queue. But that's OK, because the hold system is centralized--it doesn't matter what branch the book belongs to, when it's returned it goes to the next person on the list. And they normally have over 100 available copies of popular books. So I shouldn't have to wait too long after it comes out to read it.
Also, they have an extensive DVD collection. I just placed a hold on the complete first season of House, because I've never seen it (Torsten introduced me to the show in one of the later seasons), and it's certainly not in the budget to buy it, or to rent it from Blockbuster one disc at a time, you know?
Add to that the fact that they have a great website, with special sections for kids and teenagers, and I'm sold. They even offer electronic books, though not for the Kindle--but I'm pretty sure that's an Amazon issue, not a library issue.
So yeah, I'm a big fan of the Denver Public Library system. Truly, so far they've been able to do everything I've wanted from them. I know not every library system is like this, so I'm very glad that ours is.
What about you? Do you use your local library system? If not, why not? Do you like your library or does it have serious areas where it needs to improve?
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