The library now has more services than just book for video lending. This post describes what can be found in the city of Toronto, Canada. Be sure to check out your cities branch as well, as some of the services described below can be found in other major Canadian (and U.S.) cities.

The below is my top 6 list (in no particular order). Feel free to agree or disagree. :)

  1. Lynda subscription: is an online video course centre that covers a few areas of study. Typically it would cost over 200 per year. One cravat: cannot figure out how to login from phone.
  2. Safari catalog: provides access to all of their tech books.
  3. Digital classes: many off the Toronto libraries have classes in: DJIng, green screen, Inkscape, gimp, beginner HTML and CSS, Intro to 3D design and more. What’s pretty cool, is that they use free programs that are great alternatives to paid programs.
  4. Speaking of 3D design, libraries have access to 3D printers! Just take one of their certification classes which are offered for free at various branches. Just be sure to take the certification class first!
  5. Rent a studio for Video or Audio production Two branches has a digital recording studio complete with green screen and computers with software to edit!
  6. Museum and other passes: borrow tickets to the ROM, science centre, AGO, and more. Though its first come first serve, and unfortunately, Casa Loma is not offered. The passes are good for 2 adults and up to 5 children, which can save a lot of money.

Also, whats great, is that you can use these services even if you work in Toronto, not just live. Visit their site to see the requirements for a library card

Check these out, and let me know if I missed anything.