I have always been a lover of libraries.
The first thing I do when I move to a new place is sign up for a library card. I love the environmental aspect of it, and I love that if I am without wifi I can still watch TV. (No joke, I love watching TV)
I like that I can check out e-books and e-magazines, and that I can just wander through the stacks waiting for a new book to catch my eye. I love checking out all the books in a particular section that is fascinating me at the moment, without having to spend hundreds of dollars on an interest that may pass in a few days or weeks.
Long story short, libraries are awesome.
But for the freelancers and digital nomads out there, I bet few of you have thought about using libraries as a coworking space. Here are my top 5 reasons libraries make a great coworking space that you should be using right now.
This is a no-brainer, sometimes you don’t have the funds to go to an “actual” coworking space but you need to get out of your house. Sometimes you don’t even have the funds to buy a coffee to sit at Starbucks for the day, and let's be real, one coffee doesn't exactly warrant you 8 hours of work time. The library is free, and you can quite literally stay there all day. Some don’t mind if you bring your own coffee and drinks, but I would recommend having one with a sealable lid as not to incur the wrath of any librarians. (And definitely check the rules at your local library).
These are great. Most libraries I’ve been to have them. They are little rooms that you can rent out for a couple hours at a time. They usually fit anywhere from 2 people to 10. These are especially helpful if you are working with a friend or a group. This way you don’t disturb the other patrons, but you are able to chat with your group.
Sometimes, Starbucks is just too busy for me. For whatever reason, I just can’t get in my groove and focus. That’s when I go to the library. Sometimes, you just need quiet.
Need help with something, grab a book or a librarian to help you through. That’s literally what they’re there for. A librarian can help you with most anything you need help with. Have a grammar question? Wondering what year something happened? Wanna fact check something? Can’t find a book? They are there to help, and honestly, it’s usually the best part of the job.
Come on, you are surrounded by books. What’s more inspiring than that? Grab that travel book to the country you never thought you’d go to. Grab the new picture book with the illustrations you love. Grab that book you read and reread in junior high because you had a crush on one of the characters. Whatever you use as inspiration, odds are you’ll be able to find it at the library.
Have you ever worked in your library? Let me know in the comments!
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