Ahhh … the public library … sweet music to the ears of the devoted froogalist! Quite possibly one of the best frugal inventions of all time.
The Great Library of Alexandria was founded about 300bc. I am not sure if the ancient Egyptians knew how their brilliant idea would so profoundly affect world, but I’m glad that they went ahead and did it anyway. Today, the public library systems around the world are important places to share public resources, to learn, and to have fun. In many places, they have embraced the traditionally social role of the town square or piazza.
I live in Toronto. There are quite a few great things about this city, not the least of which is its world class public library system. The Toronto Public Library is a thrifty oasis; offering books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, CDs, computer software, public computer access, free courses, guest speakers, puppet shows, and tons of other stuff all absolutely free of charge!!
Is the material you are looking for not at your branch? Don’t worry, just go online and have it sent to your home branch free of charge! Do your items need to be returned soon? Don’t worry, just renew them online or drop them off to any branch in the city; the public library will take care of the rest. The services offered at the Toronto Public Library are extensive. What’s even better is that the cost of running the library is only about 4.7% of our city operating budget (which is significantly less than the 11.3% of our budget that we are spending on debt interest charges). It represents good value for taxpayers dollars.
Your public library may or may not have all of these terrific frugal resources. At the very least, you should be able to borrow materials for free with a library card. I can not stress how powerful a resource this is for the froogalist. The public library is quite possibly the finest froogalism out there. Take a visit sometime soon.