Friday, 24 May 2019

Albert Einstein once said, 'The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.' Would you like to know why? Here are seven free things you can do with your library card:

1. Learn a new language 

Have you ever wanted to learn Albanian? What about Icelandic or Romanian? We know you've always wanted to learn French, right? You can choose from over 80 languages to learn with Transparent Language Online. You can access this platform from your desktop or mobile device through the app. 

2. Gain a new skill

Have you ever wanted to master the Microsoft Office suite? Or become a web designer? No matter what skill you want to learn, has you covered. It is a platform filled with thousands of courses that cover an array of subjects. You can access on your desktop or mobile device through the app. 

3. Stream a movie or documentary 

It is just like Netflix and Stan, but free! Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service that features movies and documentaries from around the world. You can watch up to 10 films per month and can stream them through your desktop, mobile device through the app or on your SmartTV

4. Read or listen to a digital book

If you would like a more digital library experience, check out Overdrive and BorrowBox in our eLibrary. Both platforms include best-selling, international and Australian titles in both eBook and eAudiobook format. You can access both platforms on your desktop or mobile device through their apps. Search for BorrowBox or Libby, which is the mobile version of Overdrive, in your app store. 

5. Swipe through a magazine

Magazines can take up lots of space so why not go digital? Check out RBdigital, our platform for eMagazines. There are hundreds of titles to choose from such as Australian Geographic, Woman's Day, The New Yorker, Vogue, New Scientist and Lonely Planet Traveller. You can read eMagazines directly through your browser or on your mobile device through the app. 

6. Find your family 

Dee Why, Manly and Mona Vale Library have dedicated areas for you to discover your ancestors and uncover your past. We also run Family History Fridays at Dee Why Library where experienced family history researchers are on hand to help you use and Find My Past. 

7. Get study help

Check out our brilliant study resource called Studiosity, a platform for students in Years 3 all the way to students attending University and TAFE. Studiosity is an online tutoring service offering just-in-time study help, right when you need it. You can practice curriculum based quizzes, connect in live time to a subject specialist and upload your written assessments for review and feedback. This platform is accessible on your desktop or through the app.