{Riches on Offer at Local Library } {Shelves Carry More Than Just Mind Food}; Libraries Can Enlighten Plus Provide a Feast of Goods to Save Money, as Janine Hill Reports

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), September 9, 2009 | Go to article overview

{Riches on Offer at Local Library } {Shelves Carry More Than Just Mind Food}; Libraries Can Enlighten Plus Provide a Feast of Goods to Save Money, as Janine Hill Reports


Byline: JANINE HILL

THE last new book I bought cost me $32.99, which shows that I am probably a woman of words more than a woman of numbers.

In less than five minutes, I spent more than I earn in an hour. (Note: journalism is not a profession to choose if you enjoy the material trappings of success.)

Had I spent half an hour of my time, instead of the contents of my wallet, I could have borrowed the book from my local library, and the time that I spent working to pay for it could have been better put toward reading it.

Library statistics indicate there are a lot more people who are better than journalists when it comes to figures.

Ross Duncan, who, as the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's manager of learning communities, heads up the region's nine libraries, said the global financial crisis seemed to have sent more people back to the libraries to save money by borrowing rather than buying.

"In the United States in particular, they've noticed a trend of increasing visitors to libraries and increasing borrowing of materials," Mr Duncan said.

"Since about July last year, it's been something like a 10 or 12% increase."

The obvious saving is on written materials. Churn through a book a week and you can be $100 down easily at the end of a month if you like to buy your tomes new.

But you can borrow the same from a library for nought, and the bonus is that if you do not like a book, it has cost you nothing.

Book club readers can even save on books. Sunshine Coast libraries have 270 sets of book club books with eight to 10 in a set available for loan. …

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