I have the extreme good fortune of living in a city with a terrific library system. Books, videos, music, periodicals, internet access, and even classes are all there for the taking. But even if your library is a tiny room with three shelves of books, it’s a place to start. Make friends with a librarian. These men and women are an amazing storehouse of information on how to find just what you’re looking for. Ask for help in how to search for specific topics. Ask about what the library has to offer other than books. Ask about inter-library loan policies, which allow you access to books from other libraries. Ask, ask, ask! 598 You might be surprised at the response. The library is the perfect way to “try before you buy”. If I’m interested in a book, I check it out for a “test drive”. In fact, the library is where I get most of the books I review at Epinions.
If it has enough valuable information to make it a part of my personal library, I’ll look into buying my own copy. Sometimes the book is good, but not needed often enough to buy. I know my library is right there with a copy should I need it again.