Save money with BCPL

April 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Research

What do you think of when someone says the word “library?” Books, probably. Maybe story time for little ones?

Libraries today are so, so, so much more than that, and are a perfect place to save you and your family a bundle of money each year. If you haven’t visited the library in a while, now’s a good time to plan a trip there and learn about all the activities and services.

But before you do – or in case you can’t make it any time soon – please consider this to be a crash course – Saving Money at Your Library 101. Class is now in session.

First, of course, are the books. Lots and lots of books – all available free for checkout with your library card. At Boyd County Public Library, we have books in the traditional format, as well as electronic books you can download free of charge to your computer, Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device, and keep for three weeks, just like an actual paper copy.

Many people like to buy books, so they can read them over and over again. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but isn’t it a good idea to “test drive” something before you buy it? We do that for cars and other major purchases. Why not “test read” a book” before you decide to buy it.

The same goes for audio books, DVDs, music and video games. We have all those at BCPL – you can check them out, and test them out.

Yes, it is difficult sometimes to get the latest releases in their first week or two, but there are still plenty of great movies available all the time, at all three of our branches – Main (Ashland), Catlettsburg and Kyova. And, if you want the newest DVD or music CD, just place a hold on it at, and we will send you an email when it’s ready to be picked up. What could be easier, and cheaper?

In this economy, everyone has had to cut back. Maybe, in your case, that means cutting out magazine or newspaper subscriptions. No problem. You can check out magazines at BCPL, and you can catch up on all the local news, and even national publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which can be quite expensive to have delivered to your house.

Perhaps the cost-saving ideas I’ve mentioned so far are pretty obvious. So, how about some less obvious ones?

  • On hot summer afternoons and cold winter days, you can escape to the library for a few hours and save on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Each BCPL branch has free Internet and Wi-Fi available.
  • Going to the library is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to going shopping, when you have a few hours to kill and no specific plans.
  • If you have money to invest, you can find investment newsletters and other research periodicals at the library. These things might cost you hundreds of dollars otherwise.
  • Free tax filing help from the volunteers with the American Association of Retired Persons, who set up at BCPL every February through mid-April.
  • Get instructions on how to make things, fix your car, research your family tree, learn a language, etc., through one of the more than 30 databases available free of charge at the BCPL website:
  • If you are in search of a new job, or want to learn a new skill, you can look at our wide-selection of resume-building books or job-hunting resources. It’s never too late to add some new tricks to your bag!
  • Free assistance from information search experts – also known as librarians.
  • Quality entertainment, crafts and other programs for toddlers through adults. On any given day at BCPL, there is usually at least one free program taking place, and sometimes several.
  • Last but not least … free coffee! The Kyova Branch recently got a new coffee cart. Stop in any time and get a free cup of java.

 I hope you’ve found some of these ideas helpful, and will make plans to visit BCPL or any public library sometime soon.  Class dismissed.

If you have any more ideas on how libraries can save you money, or just want more information about BCPL, give me a call at 606.329.0518, ext. 1130.

Leigh Scaggs

About Leigh Scaggs

A long time supporter of digital emancipation and proclaimer of obfuscatory testaments, I have been a proud supporter of bits and bytes for nearly 20 years. With that much chronological highway behind me I'm cognizant enough of the fact that advancing age does kill brain cells and observant enough to notice that it's only killing the weak ones.

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