Consumer Watch: Getting more than books at your local library


From entertainment to professional growth for free, the Metropolitan Library System has more programs to help you save money this year. Depending on how often you use the services, it's easy to save hundreds of dollars a year using your public library, and with technological advances, using what the library offers, can mean you don’t have to leave your home.

“They are able to, you know, grow in their professional goals, grow in their personal goals, and do that without having to spend a bunch of money, “says Victoria Stephens, communication coordinator for The Metropolitan Library System.

You know one thing that is certainly at the libraries in Oklahoma County, a lot of books, but there is also so much more.

“There’s plenty of physical materials that we have here at the library but we also have a variety of online resources that users can access 24/7,” says Stephens.

If you have a computer at home or even using an iPad or smart phone can get you access to these apps, Libby and Hoopla. They allow users to check out e-books, e-audio books, movies, and music. These services are free with your library card. Another resource is Lynda.

“It has a variety of videos that users can use for professional or personal development to reach their goals, “says Stephens.

The videos that can teach you about web development, design, and photography among other topics.

Library patrons can access it from any electronic device any time. In addition to checking out items in person or online, the library also has monthly events for a free evening out.

The Metropolitan Library system also launched a partnership called Grow with Google. By participating in the Grow with Google programs, users get access to Google hotspots and chrome books that can be check out through the library.

The Metropolitan Library System serves Oklahoma County. You can apply for a library card a physical location or from your computer at home.

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