Most of us know that buying every print book we’re interested in gets expensive. That’s one of the reasons we use the library.
But all of the eBooks, music streaming, music downloads and magazines that we enjoy add up, too. We just don’t have a habit of using the library for these. Yet, that is.
WCLS now offers more than 40,000 downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, more than 9 million streaming songs, five free music downloads a week, 150 top digital magazines, online language tutorials for more than 70 languages, and more.
We’ve even kicked-off online library card sign-ups, which allow people to sign-up for cards in about two minutes (yes, we timed it).
Since these library services are online, you can access them from anywhere, like from home, the gym, the office, on a road trip, and more.
Taking advantage of WCLS’s digital services can save you nearly $1,700 a year.Here are some of the digital services offered by WCLS, along with how much money they can save you every year:
With the Washington Anytime Library, you can search, reserve and download more than 40,000 eBooks and audiobooks from anywhere with an Internet connection. Enjoy John Grisham’s latest thriller, Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memoir, Jojo Moyes’ new tearjerker and more.
Added bonus: these titles automatically disappear when they’re due, so you never have to worry about returning a book late.
Savings: $662.21 (1 eBook a week, plus an annual audiobook subscription)
Services like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora have trained us to pay for music or suffer through commercial-laden streaming.No more! Freegal allows you to download and keep five free songs a week.
You can also stream up to three hours of commercial-free music a day. Freegal even offered Adele’s new album before
Savings: $445 (5 song downloads a week, plus premium music streaming)
Mango Languages is one of the most user-friendly and engaging language tutorials available. The online program walks
users through real-world conversations and allows them to learn everything from Mandarin to French to Finnish, and
Prep for an upcoming trip, encourage your child to learn a new language or start a new personal challenge — no matter
your skill level, Mango Languages is an excellent resource.
Savings: $175 (annual cost of Mango Languages; Rosetta Stone also costs about $179 per language)
RBdigital offers some of the top magazines available: choose from The Economist, Clean Eating, National Geographics, GQ, Glamour, Forbes, and more.
Access all of these anytime you want from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Savings: $400 (20 annual subscriptions at about $20 a year)
More than anything, we want people using WCLS in the way that best fits their needs. So, even if you prefer print over digital, vinyl over streaming, or Amazon over free, we want you to know these services are here whenever you need them.