Today I joined the library... and 5 reasons you should too


I had a couple of hours on my hands today while waiting to pick up poochie from the vet so I decided to head to my local library to see what they had to offer (OK, I'm lying, I just wanted to use the free WiFi).

But you guys! Are you actually aware of what a fantastic resource the library is?! Free WiFi aside this place is amazing. Books, magazines, eBooks, heaps of desk space and lots of opportunity to eavesdrop on some - quite frankly - hilarious teenage conversations - this place has some serious appeal especially to a freelance writer like me.

In Brisbane there are 33 libraries controlled by Brisbane City Council which means you can borrow (and return) to any one of them. They have a really great online catalogue too which means you can download books as well as borrow physical copies.

If you work from home like me it's also a great way to get out of the house and still get some work done without spending a small fortune on coffees and things you really shouldn't be eating at your local cafe.

When I write I like some level of ambient noise rather than complete silence so the library is perfect. It's relatively quiet but there's still a bit of a hum like an office but minus the annoying desk drop-by's from co-workers when you're on deadline and really can't talk.

Anyway, short of sounding like an ad for Brisbane City libraries you should totally check out your local branch - here's my top five reasons why.

Free books

Need I say more? But just remember there's probably a waiting list for new releases so best to check out the catalogue online and put a hold on anything you really want. If you're happy to just browse, simply walking the aisles is a great way to discover new authors.

Free WiFi

Another no-brainer.

The perfect office substitute

Cafes can be noisy (and expensive) but the library has the perfect quiet buzz. It has a good atmosphere for work and research with a ton of information at your fingertips.

Community hub

Something I truly didn't consider until I walked in to the library today is that it's a great way to feel more in touch with the local community. Silly of me not to think about it really considering I'm still kind of new in town and have been looking for ways to connect with my new home. There are heaps of programs and events going at any one of BCC's 33 branches so be sure to check them out for some budget-friendly entertainment. If you have kids, make sure you take advantage of school holiday activities.


Librarians can be great resources for either helping with your research or recommending books that you might be interested in. It feels more personal to have a real person to truly cater to your reading needs versus a smart algorithm.

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