Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons to Love Your Library

Happy Tuesday! Since the lovely bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish are taking a summer hiatus from creating TTT topics, I’ve decided to come up with some of my own for the next few weeks. This week I’ll be sharing my Top Ten Reasons to Love Your Library. As someone who worked at a library throughout my high school years I always look forward to visiting my local one on a regular basis during the summertime. I know everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to the formats of books they like to read (new, used, borrowed, digital, etc.) but I really think that libraries deserve more credit than they often receive! Here are ten reasons to give your local library a little more love:

1. Borrowing books = FREE. This is an obvious reason, but for many people I think it’s the most important one. I could never afford to buy all of the books I read because that number is just way too high.

2. Variety. Borrowing books from libraries allows me to read as much as I like without having to worrying about wasting money on a book that I might end up not enjoying. You can also check out audio books, DVDs, etc.

3. Convenience. I don’t know about you all, but the nearest bookstore is about half an hour away from the tiny town I live in. That’s the great thing about local libraries—mine is literally three minutes from my house!

4. Cuteness. Who doesn’t love seeing a bunch of adorable kiddos running around the kids’ room all excited about books?

5. Programming. Most libraries have some sort of programming going on, especially during summer when kids are out of school. Even though my local library is super tiny they still hold a lot of fun events like ice cream socials, book clubs, presentations from cool speakers, craft projects, etc.

6. That old book smell. Okay, I know this is a weird reason but just hear me out. You know sort of musty smell that books get with age? I love that smell, and my local library is full of it.

7. Spontaneous reading. Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been ones that I’ve randomly plucked from the shelves of the library. One example of this is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, which I picked up on a whim one day in middle school because it seemed interesting. It is now one of my all-time favorite books and I definitely wouldn’t have read it without seeing it on a library shelf!

8. Librarians. Librarians are the best. Not only are they super helpful when you need to find a book, but they also give the best recommendations. (Shout out to my high school librarian!!)

9. Finding things in books! This is another weird reason, but I’ve found so many cool things in books I’ve borrowed from the library. My favorites have been stickers, random notes, and those due date cards that we don’t use anymore.

10. Community. One of my favorite things about going to my local library is catching up with my former coworkers. Even if you haven’t worked at your local library there is nearly always a vibrant, friendly community of book lovers to be found there! Between book clubs, events, and general discussion at the circulation desk, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize with other bookworms.

Do you use libraries a lot? Why or why not? What are your favorite things about libraries? Let me know in the comments section below!



24 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons to Love Your Library”

  1. I used to go to the library a lot, but ever since I moved I just haven’t gotten round to going to the library near my home. I probably should go there sometime soon, but I keep postponing because I already own so many books that I have yet to read, haha.
    [And I just like owning the books I read and love.]

    Nice TTT! I went for the ten books I’ve added to my TBR lately, haha.


  2. I am so pro libraries! My local library is just round the corner from me and I love going there in summer! Free books definitely draws me in and I totally get what you mean about the old smell. Great post😊


  3. Holly, if I could, I would hug you. You articulately put into words everything I love about libraries. I visit one of my local branches at least twice a week. The children’s programs themselves are worth shouting about! I could never read all the books that I do without use of the library. And that joy of plucking a book from the shelf practically at random and ending up falling in love with it? That is the best. I think I’ll go visit the library today…


  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE libraries, most of the books I read come from libraries. I’m so with you on all these things. Once I found a half eaten lollipop in a library book. Another time I found a card someone had written to another person while they were on holiday. I love all the free books, obviously, and also that it’s a place where you can take your friends, force the books into their hands, and walk away with no guilt over making them sped money. Libraries are wonderful things, honestly. Thanks for the post!


  5. I haven’t had a library card that I’ve used in ages, but a couple months ago I got a library card for the city I currently live in and it changed my life!! I’ve checked out both ebooks and physical copies and it’s helping me get so much more reading done! I’m able to get books off my TBR that I wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. 🙂 Great post!


  6. 10 perfect reasons!!! I only wish I had used my library more when I was in high school, but I’m making up for it now… by working there, haha! I’m definitely reblogging this because people have seemed to have forgotten how great the library actually is!

    And I’m with you on the bookstore problem – the closest bookstore to me is also about half and hour away. It’s not too bad, but I can’t go as often as I’d like.


  7. I love this!! The library means so much to me. I’m so lucky to have such an incredible library system in my town. Like you, I’ve discovered so many wonderful books, including some of my absolute favorites, that I never would have read had I not picked then up from the library.


  8. Reblogged this on orangeowldiaries and commented:
    I’m going through a summer slump in the blogging department at the moment, but I found this great post by Holly at Nut Free Nerd listing 10 Reasons to Love Your Library.

    Check it out – because it’s 1000% accurate – and give Holly some love!

    And your library too.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Yessss I agree SO MUCH. Of course, the borrowing books for free part is great, but then I also love that musty old book smell as well! And i normally never use bookmarks, but I found a business card tucked in the pages of a library book, and I’ve been using it as a bookmark ever since. 😂


  10. I love libraries! As much as I like to own the books I read, I do really like having the library to go to if a book is hard to get hold of or a bit to expensive. Also, I agree the overall atmosphere is so amazing I can’t begin to describe spending the day surrounded by books in an incredible space!


  11. I did use my library a lot when I was younger, but not so much anymore, the one I used to go to had a decent selection of YA books but I ran through them quite quickly. There’s a library in town but it’s a 20 minute bus ride away and I have so many books of my own to read, that adding library books to the mix just seems silly. I do like going and browsing though if I get the chance!
    My TTT:


  12. I used to be a regular fixture at my local library branch…but they closed it while I was away at college. Then I continued on to graduate school and actually earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science. My local library has passed me over for a job many many times, which is frustrating, and I realized long ago that they are not all that current when it comes to my favorite area: Fantasy and Science Fiction. While I will always support libraries in general, mine has let me down too many times. Plus I have over 3,000 books in my personal library at my house.


  13. I LOVE libraries so much. I was honestly surprised at how underappreciated the seem to be when I made my blog and started getting involved in all this. But I’m with you, I read so much and can’t afford to by even 1/10 of what I read, so libraries are a lifesaver to me!! Plus, they bring back such good memories/feelings.
    Wonderful post!


  14. I worked at my library last summer and I still can’t go into the teennzone without having to run and hide from the people saying hello. So no to 8 & 10. The variety I can definitely agree with, although if they have many mysteries, they’re hard to find.


  15. I love going to my library – I’m there like once a week! The *free* factor is definitely one of the main reasons for using my library so much. I don’t have to feel bad about not finishing a book if I didn’t pay for it! And I’ve found some great books just by browsing the new release section.


  16. I LOVE THIS POST. I absolutely LOVE the library and it’s been such a massive part of my life since I was five years old. I’m volunteering at my library this summer three times a week and I’m absolutely loving it! 🙂 I totally agree with the whole spontaneous reading thing as well! It’s so great picking up random books and loving them! 🙂


  17. Reason #11: Book Fairies. Our county-wide system has a Homebound Services group (volunteer) for those who aren’t mobile — either temporary or permanent — who drop off and pick up books, ’cause we all know they’re 500 TV stations and nothing worth watching.


  18. Yes, I agree with everything! Libraries are so wonderful and so important to our communities. I take my daughter to the library every few weeks to stock her up on books and puzzles. She has plenty at home, but the excitement of the library is so wonderful for a 2 year old. She loves returning the items herself, and then choosing new ones to take home. Its fantastic for her learning as once she has mastered a puzzle, or we have read that one book a thousand times, we go and swap them, which gives her an always changing amount of learning resources.

    I myself like taking books out from the library because I often have buyers regret… if I read a book from the library and I absolutely adore it, I will go and purchase a copy. But there are plenty of books that I have bought and then wished I had borrowed from the library instead because I will never read them again. I also love thinking about the people that have borrowed the book before me, and whether or not they enjoyed it like I did. I like to leave notes in library books too 🙂

    I am actually hoping to study towards becoming a librarian once my girl is older and in school. I would love to be a school librarian and help kids find the kind of books to fall in love with. But being a librarian at our community library would be wonderful too.


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