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by Yvette Chapman (subscribe)
Thirty something girl, originally from Sydney but Brisbane is home now. Eats, drinks, socialises, watches art-house, studies the stars, and loves music. I'm a professional copywriter and editor. Hearts writing things.
Published February 18th 2012
There's nothing quite like a good book (or DVD for that matter) to wile the hours away as you indulge in a little 'me' time.

Have you been into a Brisbane library lately? With council operated libraries in many Brisbane suburbs, they're easily accessible, oh and about four times bigger than most book shops.

With a huge range of genres covering everything from American political history, to patchwork quilts (and everything in between), you'll be sure to find something that takes your fancy. Everything's indexed too, so no getting lost in walls and walls of books - unless you want to!

The DVD collection is considerably smaller but is definitely worth a look. While you may not find much latest release kinda stuff, you'll be sure to stumble across something you wouldn't have thought to watch, if you had to pay for it. And in my experience, these can be the movies that actually blow your mind. You can also find a heap of travel documentaries, cooking shows and television series.

You'll need to become a member of a library first, and that's a pretty easy process which you can do in person (make sure you take along photo ID and proof of your current address). Once you've joined you'll be issued a membership card, then you can run straight to the shelves and start loading your book bag with up to twenty items, most of which you can borrow for up to four weeks. Membership will also give you access to other services, like free internet and computer training courses.

For added convenience, use the online eLibCat tool to search for books, ebooks, CDs and movies, reserve an item, or renew your library books all from the comfort of your... beanbag?

So it's time to banish any preconceived ideas about libraries being morgue-like institutions for book nerds, and go check out your local library today for a refreshingly different experience.
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Why? The price is right
Where: Brisbane City Council libraries
Cost: Free
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Great article! The BBC library system is fantastic! I love the convenience of having holds brought to my local branch from any library in the city for $55 cents. Plus it's airconditioned, full of friendly staff... What's not to like?
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