How to Save Money at the Library
Borrowing textbooks on reserve
- Check with your library but most often your professor will put at least 1 textbook on course reserves. You can not buy the textbook at all, or just save yourself the back strain by borrowing the book from the library instead of hauling it to school with you.
Borrowing a laptop
- Most university students have their own laptops. This is mostly just a way to save yourself from a super heavy backpack. The University of Guelph has rental laptops for 2 hours at a time.
Borrowing books to read instead of buying them from chapters
- If you want to do some casual reading on certain topics that are academic in nature you can often find a wide variety of books at your university library. Save yourself from buying them from Chapters or off Amazon and instead just borrow the books.
Borrowing documentaries and more “academic” movies
- If you are an avid documentary fan, a lot of schools will have a bunch of “academic” type movies. Search through your university library online database to see what is available, they may even be helpful for your classes.
Watch/download movies and tv at the library
- By downloading movies, tv and music at the library you can cut down on using your bandwidth at home. Some schools may block the use of torrents on some computers.
Ways to save money when studying at the library
Bring your own food
- By bringing your own meals to the library you are often able to save quite a bit if you spend a lot of time in your university library. Even bringing snacks and a refillable water bottle can help save a ton of money in the long run.
Make sure to return books, laptops and textbooks on time
- It’s amazing how much a late book can add up in terms of fines, it’s important to stay aware of dates and renew checked out books if you are unable to make it to the library by the due date.
Bring your own coffee maker
- Yes, I have seen it before. You could honestly bring your own coffee maker to the library if that’s what your heart desires. All you need is a plug
For the less intense people out there; Make your own coffee/tea before coming to the library
- Making your own coffee instead of purchasing coffee/tea from Starbucks, Tim Hortons or Second Cup can help save you a ton of money by the time the end of mid terms and exams.