Contrary to your teenager’s snotty friend, the library still exists and maintains a stronghold in U.S. neighborhoods. In fact, a PEW research poll found that 94% of Americans say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community. And if you’re a real estate agent, the public library could also improve the quality of your career. Here in the Valley, our libraries offer unique and cutting edge products and services that are relatively unknown. Here are just a few of the ways the library can work for you.
1. Information information information
Rent everything from open house ambiance music to The Millionaire Real Estate Agent. The online search tool lets you find and reserve an item so that it’s waiting at your preferred location when you arrive. And if there’s something you want that’s not available, put in a request.
2. FREE eBooks
You don’t need to go to the library to go to the library. Download books right to your e-reader. If you need help getting this set up, the library offers free classes to get you started.
Imagine Netflix (movies), Spotify (music), and Audible (ebooks) bundled together in one place. Hoopla is that place! It’s a free app that lets you download and listen to books, music, and movies on the go. Just download the app, create a profile and link your library card number to get started. New titles are constantly being added and, unlike a bad wedding DJ, your requests won’t be ignored.
4. Kill A Watt Rentals
Check out the Kill A Watt- a device that measures the amount of energy used by an appliance (including fridges, televisions, and microwaves). This could come in handy if you (or your buyer) are deciding which appliance to upgrade.
5. Reserve a Meeting Room
Sometimes you need more space than a coffee shop can provide. For a small fee, rent one of their rooms at any of the 17 branches throughout the Valley.
6. 3-D Printer
The library will help you design and print your very own 3-D model. There may be some cost involved, so contact the library for details.
Rather than becoming an extinct species, libraries are evolving to provide new technology and relevant services to the public. So next time you’re stumped on lead mining or closing tactics, do what your grandparents did and ask a librarian.