A week or so ago, my husband and I were in Borders bookstore. He found two books he wanted to read. I don’t know how much they were, but I know we would have spent at least $15. I wrote down the title and author to see if we could either buy it on Amazon.com or get it from the library.
One title was available from the library–just not one we go to. HOWEVER–we could still get the book from our regular library via the handy interlibrary loan.
Here in Pittsburgh, one library card allows you to check out books from any of the libraries in the Pittsburgh system. We went online, logged into the library web site with hour library card and searched for the book.
It was available at some library clear across town.
We requested the book via interlibrary loan, and the book was sent to the library we use. For free!
So, I went and checked out the book and saved gas money from driving to that other library–and we saved money from not buying the book.