A typical member of a public library borrows books, CDs (music and audio books), DVDs, accesses reference books and manuals, and uses the computer / internet available at the library. I have been a typical user just like everybody else for the past several years. Over the past twelve months, I have identified several resources that are available for free out of which I picked seven I would like to highlight here. I live in the state of New Jersey, so the resources I mention would apply to NJ. The state you live in may have these resources as well, otherwise just move to NJ, just kidding:)
- Morningstar Investment Research: You get full access to the Morningstar’s investment research data that covers equities, indices, stocks, and futures using your public library card. Check under the “Digital Collections” or “Databases”.
- ZINIO Magazines: You get electronic access to a collection of nearly ~60 popular magazines via Zinio. You can read on your iphone, ipad, Kindle etc. etc. etc. You have unlimited access to all the issues of the magazines.
- Indieflix: Unlimited access to 8000+ short films, movies, and documentaries from all around the world.
- Overdrive Ebooks and Audio Books: Unlimited access to Ebooks and Audio books on Overdrive using your public library card.
- OneClickDigital: More unlimited access to audio books. If you don’t find what you are looking for on Overdrive, check here.
- The World Alamnac: Excellent resource for kids to learn and use the information available for homework and science projects. This is a great site and makes learning a fun experience.
- Great Website for Kids: A compilation of awesome websites for children that cater from birth to 14 years of age. The websites shared here are selected by a division of the American Library Association.
The best route to access these resources would be to first login to your public library website and then look for these resources under the digital collection or databases. If you can’t find them, check with the librarian. Yes, all of these resources are available for free.
Are there any other free library resources you find useful that you would like to share? Please leave a comment as this will benefit all readers of this post including myself.