In this era of rising prices, you might be looking for ways to save a few bucks. With inflation at its highest level in 40 years, now is a great time to think about the value of a library card. I recently surveyed Genesee library patrons to find out how they value their library card during these difficult times.

A customer said her library card puts more money in her pocket. Instead of paying for every book she buys at Costco, she can borrow books and save hundreds of dollars a year on library reading materials. You can also get free interlibrary loans outside of the Valnet Consortium if an article (older than a year) cannot be found locally.

You don’t have to worry about buying extra books when you use your library card. You can get that extra pound without worrying about what it will cost – unlike that extra bag of crisps you might be thinking about. There is also no reminder about borrowing books from the library. You don’t buy anything at the library, but each time you visit, you can come away with something new. One customer said he “appreciated his library card more than any credit card.”