8 Reasons to Get Your Library

While it may be 2017, there are still several reasons you should get your own library card.

Whether you are a business owner, an inventor, a designer, an employee, a student, or retired, your local public library has many resources at your disposal - and almost all of them are free! Although Benjamin Franklin founded the public library system in the United States almost 200 years ago, here are eight reasons why you should get your library card today.

Free Audiobooks

In today's fast-paced society, it can be hard to read a full book in between everything you have to do. This is where audiobooks come in handy. Download the audiobook - for free using your library card - from your free audiobook app (also downloaded for free with your library card) onto your phone or tablet and listen to the audiobook on the go. Plug in during your car ride and listen to a chapter or two while you're stuck in traffic. Plug in while you exercise. Instead of listening to the same ten songs on your running list, try learning a thing or two.

Free Language Learning Software

Ever wanted to learn a new language? Your public library offers language learning software. And yes, it is completely free of charge. Using your library card you sign up in person or online to learn one or all 71 different languages the libraries offer.

Free Work Stations and Wi-Fi

Sick and tired of going to the same loud, busy and crowded Starbucks to open up your laptop and answer a few emails? Check out the public libraries. They have plenty of space to spread out, either on large tables or comfy chairs, and do your work. The best part about working in the libraries is for those that appreciate peace and quite while they're doing their work. Need to focus on a big project coming up? Reserve a private room - for free - at your public library and work till your heart's content all with unlimited wi-fi.

Free Digital Studio Space

At the Hillsborough County Public Libraries in the Tampa Bay region, the libraries offer free access to The Hive. The Hive is a space providing modern tools and technologies for entrepreneurs and creative designers. Full recording studios for making videos, podcasts, and more are available to reserve for free. You just need your library card! Plus, take full advantage of the digital media scape center for interactive programs and projects for you and your team.

Free Books, Magazines, and Movies

Yes, this is what libraries are most commonly known for but that doesn't mean this benefit should be overlooked. You can get your library card and check out a book for approximately two weeks and return it to the library. You can do this for free! It makes you wonder why you even bother buying books any more. Don't have time to read a full book within two weeks? No problem, just check out the DVD version of the book.

Free Access to 3D Printers

Think that libraries are stuck in the past with antiquated practices and technology? Think again. Some of the coolest gadgets and technologies are available at your fingertips - all for free with your library card. Some of the best new programs revolve around the 3D printer technology. Have a design ready to be printed? Want to learn how to set up a design? Just bring your material to the technology center and see the printers in action!

Free Classes and Workshops

Through various city, county, or state programs, there are several free classes available for anyone with a library card. Are you just starting up your business and you need help with setting up your taxes? Are you looking to become a graphic designer and want to know how Photoshop works? Have a new product but need to get funding for your production? These are just a few of the many different classes and workshops that are available every month at your local public library. And the best part? You guessed it, all free!

Your Wallet Never Looked So Good

Tell people you have a library card. Go ahead, do it. I'm sure you will get some very interesting looks. Whether young or old, most people do not appreciate their public libraries like they used to. Instead, show off your library card proudly. Carry it in your wallet just like you would any other card. Make your wallet proud!

Yes it is 2017 but that doesn't mean you should ignore all the great benefits of having a library card. Just share these useful tips with the people around you and see how you can become a better person and business owner, all for free!


Nico Hohman

Nico Hohman is the broker/owner of Hohman Homes, a residential real estate brokerage based in Tampa, Fla. Nico is also a contributing author to Realtor Magazine and Inman News, the innovative news source for the real estate industry. Nico has contributed his time and talents to better the standards of the real estate industry and the local community by leading and serving on committees at Greater Tampa Realtors, Emerge Tampa Bay, the University of Florida School of Construction Management Alumni Council, Toastmasters International, Nativity Catholic School, and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Guild. Plus, every fall, Coach Hohman is the Head Golf Coach at Jesuit High School of Tampa.


Since he began practicing full time in the residential real estate in the fall of 2014, Nico has been involved in the transaction and management of over 100 properties with a total value of nearly $20,000,000.


With a degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida and past experience in the home building and remodeling industries, Nico focuses on helping homebuyers find and purchase new construction homes. He also helps home sellers looking to sell their properties that also require significant renovation.